The EU should not monitor the Egyptian referendum, but instead push for political inclusion.
The military coup of July 2013 did not only topple the government of President Mohammed Morsi, but it also suspended Egypt’s constitution. The constitution had been adopted through a referendum in December 2012 – only seven months prior to the ouster of Morsi. It was heavily criticized by opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, who saw it as an attempt to integrate theocratic elements into Egypt’s political system.
"Referendum in Egypt: International Monitoring Helps the Regime"
Al-Nour was providing an Islamist fig leaf for an adulatory, ultra-nationalist and oppressive military regime.
When Mohamed Salmawi, the spokesman for the committee appointed to draft Egypt’s post-coup constitution, appeared before the press on October 29, the message was clear. There would be no place for Article 219 in the new constitution, and there would be no further discussion.
"The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt (Part 1/2)"
The Egyptian Black Bloc is not the first example of anarchism in Egypt.
When in January 2013, Egyptian protesters commemorated the two-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a mysterious group emerged in Cairo. Protesting against the Morsi regime, the newly-formed anarchist “Black Bloc” openly declared they would not eschew violence to realize their goals.
"Egypt’s Black Bloc: The Arrival of Anarchism in the Middle East?"
Achieving genuine progress in Egypt does not mean imposing restrictions.
If Egyptians were to believe the current local media mantra, the country should currently be basking in a state of revolutionary afterglow since emerging victoriously from our second uprising in nearly as many years to slay the draconian Muslim Brotherhood (read: Islamo-fascist terrorists). The people’s Egyptian Armed Forces saved the nation from a group that shackled Egypt in its quest to achieve democracy and hijacked the revolution to actuate a plan to restore the Islamic Caliphate.