The democratization was one of the most important criteria and stimulus for the European integration of the ten former communist countries through NATO/EU enlargement process during last decade. Paradoxically, after this mission was accomplished a reverse movement started: democracy recession in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. “EU conditionality works best until you get in, noted Jacques Rupnik, Director at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris, but once you have joined there are few incentives or means to induce further reforms or the observance of democratic norms” . How to explain for example the fact that after almost two decades from the collapse of communist regimes and almost a decade of EU integration three quarters of Poles consider democracy too indecisive or incapable of maintaining law and order and about half consider that it does not really matter whether the government is democratic or undemocratic?
Diplomacy and Democracy: The Art of the Possible in the Time of Transformations, here