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  1. Introduction
  2. The Association Agreement: A bilateral reference to Euro-Moroccan cooperation
    1. The normative foundation of the Association Agreement
    2. The Association Agreement of 1996: Towards a comprehensive approach to Euro-Moroccan cooperation
  3. The Barcelona Declaration: A regional reference to Euro-Moroccan cooperation in human development
    1. The context of the Barcelona Declaration
    2. The contents of the declaration and its contribution to human development
  4. The mechanisms of the Euro-Moroccan cooperation in human development
    1. The institutional mechanisms
    2. Funding mechanisms

It is now an established fact that Russia is not a democracy in the Western sense. Recent data from the 2007 Nations in Transit abound in this direction; give a pretty good overview of the evolution of democracy in Russia. Although it seems difficult to quantify democracy, this study highlights the decline of democracy since 2004, after Vladimir Putin's reelection. The general state of democracy would have worsened over the years, relegating Russia at the semi-authoritarian regimes. It was in 2004 that the EU had expanded to include countries of Central and Eastern Europe, mostly former satellites of Moscow which, without any real relation of cause and effect went in the direction of theory of Leroy Beaulieu on the 19th century Russia. The center folded on itself and the periphery began moving more quickly. The stigmatization of an external enemy to Russia (the West) and a return to extreme nationalism coupled with some form of isolationism, are symptoms of this malaise. The observation of a democratic collapse was not shared by the Kremlin, which in turn advanced the peculiarity of the Russian concept of democracy that was embodied in the concept of "sovereign democracy". This particular vision of democracy implies that Russia could have imposed a model of democracy from the outside. As we shall see in this study, this is a way for those in power to legitimize the authoritarian practice of power of the Russians (Pipes, 2004), while holding up a democratic facade. What are the prospects for democracy in Russia? Should we believe in an optimistic view that considers the demographic, economic and societal changes which the Russians have faced since the takeover of the country by Putin, and which de facto, led to the establishment of an intermediate class, status of development a stable democracy in Russia? On the contrary, should we fear that the path of dependence in which Russia has been in its origin accumulated in the strategy set up by Putin and his clan, and obstructed any prospect of development of democracy in this country?

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