The aim of the Centre for Democratic Integrity (CDI), founded in 2020 by Dr. Anton Shekhovtsov and Dr. Andreas Umland, is to monitor and analyse attempts of authoritarian regimes based on illiberal value systems to wield malign influence in Europe.
We see malign influence in the European context as directly or indirectly subverting and undermining European values and democratic institutions. We follow the Treaty on European Union in understanding European values that are the following: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
Democratic institutions are guardians of European values, and among them we highlight:
‣ representative political parties that aggregate, organise and articulate citizens’ political demands, translate these demands into policy proposals, engage citizens in the democratic process, provide the basis for coordinated legislative activity, and advance government accountability;