Democracy Impacts

  • French Officials Vexed by EU Parliament No Show in Strasbourg

    September 14, 2020

    Despite France's efforts to ensure health safety during the Coronavirus pandemic, the European Parliament has decided not to hold its next plenary session in Strasbourg as is the norm, but in Brussels, resulting in criticism from French officials who referred to the decision as "incomprehensible".

  • Green: Identity Politics is Accelerating the Erosion of Liberalism

    September 09, 2020

    According to David Green, director of British Think Tank, Civitas, just as a new form of righteous intimidation politics has taken root, creating a significant break from the traditional values of a liberal democracy, the UK Government has established the Commission of Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) to investigate disparities between ethnic groups.

  • Politico: Washington Stands with E.U. to push for a New Election in Belarus

    September 07, 2020

    Following weeks of protests after last months controversial elections in Belarus of President Lukashenko, the European Union, with the help of transatlantic partners, including the United States, is aiming to reinstate sanctions that were rescinded in 2016 against the longtime leader as several human rights violations have become known, including 450 documented cases of torture.

  • EU Tensions Mount as Britain Refuses to Concede in Negotiations

    September 07, 2020

    As deadlines near and negotiating tensions grow, Britain has informed EU negotiators that the final details of the arrangement must respect UK national sovereignty, with David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, vowing that the UK would not become a “client state” of the EU by agreeing a trade deal that includes so-called “level playing field” clauses setting common rules and standards for both sides.

  • Rule of Law Debate May Result in Hungary's Rejection of EU Coronavirus Recovery Package

    September 02, 2020

    European Union plans for a €750 billion Covid-19 recovery fund are meeting resistance from Hungarian lawmakers, who have threatened to withhold their consent to the plan due to its being conditioned on national governments accepting rule-of-law criteria and budgetary sanctions "based on vague concepts and non-transparent procedures."

  • Berlin COVID-19 Restrictions Protests Spur Debate Over Freedom of Assembly

    September 01, 2020

    The recent storming of the Reichstag building in Berlin by anti-COVID-19 restriction protesters is prompting national debate over the proper limits on freedom of assembly in cases where government authorities believe protest organizers will be unable to control violent participants.

  • Bulgarian Justice Minister Tenders Resignation Amidst Protests

    August 31, 2020

    After two months of wide-spread protests against the Bulgarian government and justice system, Bulgaria's Justice Minister, Danail Kirilov, has tendered his resignation.

  • Facebook agrees to pay the French Government 106 million Euros in Back Taxes

    August 26, 2020

    The French Government, which has been negotiating settlements with several digital giants, including Google and Amazon over allegedly undeclared profits, has secured an agreement for Facebook to pay France 106 million euros in back taxes and penalties.

  • POLITICO: Ivanov: An Oligarchic Mafia rules Bulgaria due to lack of EU Policy

    August 19, 2020

    According to former Bulgarian Justice Minister and current head of the Yes Bulgaria Party, Hristo Ivanov, the European Union’s credibility as a custodian of the rule of law is on the line over its failure to respond to a spiraling corruption crisis in Bulgaria.

  • EU Threatens Sanctions Over Controversial Belarus Elections

    August 12, 2020

    Continuing tense relations between Belarus and European Union officials, following large public protests over an allegedly compromised election resulting in President Lukashenko securing 80% of the vote relative to opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska, the EU has threatened sanctions.

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