Two and a half years ago in Tahrir Square, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle compared Egypt's democratic revolution to the German reunification. Germany's calls for democracy in Egypt continue today.
Egyptians largely stayed away from the polls Sunday in the first phase of a parliamentary election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hailed as a milestone for Egypt's democracy. Critics, however, branded it a sham.
The bomb that rocked Cairo today serves as a reminder that despite the Sissi government’s increasingly authoritarian clampdown Egypt is neither stable nor secure. This should worry the Obama administration.
Egypt has announced that it will hold parliamentary elections starting in October. The long-awaited polls will be the first since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi ousted his Islamist predecessor.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has denounced the death verdict against deposed president Mohammad Morsi, calling it "a nail in the coffin of democracy." A Cairo court upheld the death sentence after consulting grand mufti.