The prestigious magazine The Economist delivers it every year. Previous award winners have been Uzbekistan, for having abolished slavery; Colombia, for achieving progress in peace with drug trafficking; Y Tunisia, for adopting a democratic system. This year, according to the weekly, it was more difficult to find a clear winner. This was due to the misery spread by Covid-19 in conjunction with the uneven distribution of vaccines in the world that allowed the formation of new variants, to which in many countries civil liberties and democratic rights eroded already civil wars like those of Ethiopia and Burma. However, in the midst of so much darkness there were some sources of light.
In an article published today in its digital version, The Economist He explained how he came to the conclusion of which should be the chosen one for this 2021. Before announcing the winner, the editors listed the other countries in which they thought: Samoa, Modavia, Zambia and Lithuania.
In SamoaFor example, the country’s Court managed to dismantle a constitutional crisis and ousted from power the party that governed 33 years ago with a prime minister who claimed to have been chosen by God, and installed in his place a reformist and the first woman to exercise office. position. Moldavia, one of the poorest countries in Europe that has long been the destination of Russian money laundering operations, chose at the end of 2020 to Maia Sandu as president. She oriented her campaign around the fight against corruption and in 2021 her party gained control of parliament.
Zambia, for his part, he managed to regain his democracy. In August of last year the ruling party tried to steal the election, but the citizens voted for Hakainde Hichilema by such a wide margin that the fraud failed to reverse the result. Hichilema, a liberal from the business world, reached an agreement with the IMF and promised to cut wasteful electricity and fuel subsidies and has begun investigating state corruption.
Another of the great candidates to win the award was Lithuania, which also firmly upheld democratic values and stood up to none other than the Chinese regime by allowing Taiwan open a representative office in your capital Vilnius. It also advised its citizens to get rid of their phones produced in the Asian giant after learning that they had a “software censorship ”that could be activated without prior notice. He also faced other authoritarian regimes, such as when he gave asylum to exiles from Belarus Y Russia, including the woman who probably won the last Belarusian election Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. In retaliation, the candidate who stole said election, Alexander Lukashenko, he sought revenge by making the crowds that were at the border advance towards the country. While Lithuania’s reaction drew some criticism, it was much more humane than that of Poland – whom Belarus provoked in the same way.
But the winner of the award was Italy. “Not because of his sporting or musical achievements,” he says. The Economist, referring to the triumphs of the men’s soccer team in the Eurocup or its artists who won the Eurovision song contest. The magazine is based on its political context. Due to mismanagement in the government, Italians were poorer in 2019 than in 2000. “However, this year, Italy changed.” In choosing Mario Draghi as prime minister he found a competent and internationally respected figure. “The Economist he has often criticized Italy for choosing leaders, such as Silvio Berlusconi, who might have usefully followed the warning in the Eurovision winning song to ‘shut up and behave’. Due to weak governance, Italians were poorer in 2019 than in 2000”Says the note.
“With Mario Draghi, you have achieved a competent and internationally respected Prime Minister”, Indicate the editors. “For once, a vast majority of its politicians buried their differences to back a profound reform program that should mean that Italy gets the funds it is entitled to under the EU’s post-pandemic recovery plan.”, They added, highlighting the reasoning that prevailed among their ruling class.
“The vaccination rate against the covirus in Italy is one of the highest in Europe. And after a difficult 2020, its economy is recovering faster than those of France or Germany. There is a danger that this unusual burst of good governance will be reversed. Mr. Draghi wants to be president, a more ceremonial job, and may be succeeded by a less competent prime minister. But it’s hard to deny that today’s Italy is a better place than December 2020. That’s why it’s our country of the year. Auguroni!”, He concluded.