Most states in Africa call themselves “democracies” and are formally “democracies”, but the real ways of influence and might are that different that they are not to be regarded as democracies.
Even Iran seems to call itself a democracy, but is dictatorship. It is very clever to keep other countries and the own people as quiet as possible by telling them that the state is a democracy.
Now, what about Germany, about Europe? They will probably be called “democracies” even in 50 years, just because the people would not be quiet in anything else. But the reality, behind the scenes, might be different then. And it might be different very now. There is nothing a-priori that tells us our state is currently a more democratic democracies than some African ones. It probably is (yet), but this has to be measured!