Relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan are taking a nose-dive, highlighting a gap in expectations.
Long-simmering tension boiled over in late November when Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, lauded Leyla Yunus, an Azerbaijani rights activist. Speaking at a November 26 award ceremony in which the annual Sakharov Prize was given to a Congolese gynaecologist, Schulz characterized Yunus, a finalist for the prize, as a political prisoner and praised her “struggle for dignity and justice.”
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Eldar Mamedov is a political adviser to the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. He writes in his personal capacity.