The EU Agenda for Action on Democracy Support in EU External Relations states that it aims to improve the coherence and effectiveness of democracy support, not to introduce new conditionality for EU aid.
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Denmark has allocated its first-ever aid package to Pakistan this year as part of the effort to combat terrorism and bring security to the border areas with Afghanistan.
Sweden is also considering a development grant; its first since aid was frozen a decade ago in protest over Pakistan's nuclear tests.
Western politicians engaged in providing aid to political parties often have “uneasy relations” with aid officials at home. A Finnish review argues that aid to political parties is not so unique that normal standards for aid have to be sacrificed.