Democracy Impacts

  • EU Begins Legal Action for Hungary Ignoring ECJ

    February 24, 2021

    The EU Commission launched legal action over Hungary's failure to implement a judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which ruled that the Transparency Act adopted in 2017 that restricts foreign-funding of NGOs was against EU rules.

  • Politico: Georgia’s Political Crisis

    February 22, 2021

    Georgia is facing a political crisis following an order by a Tbilisi court to arrest opposition leader Nika Melia, which led Prime Minister Gakharia to resign in protest of his party’s support for the decision, warning of a potential dangerous escalation.

  • French Leaders Back Law to Fight Radical Islam

    February 19, 2021

    French MPs approved a controversial law against separatism, officially named "reinforcing republican principles », which plans to crack down on online hate speech and foreign funding of religious groups, in particular Muslims and Evangelicals.

  • French Leaders Declare U.S. « Woke » Movement a Threat

    February 16, 2021

    The U.S. movements of woke leftism and cancel culture have french Politicians, prominent intellectuals, and academics voicing concerns, warning that American ideas on race, gender, and post-colonialism are undermining French society and are an attack on French heritage.

  • EU’s Borrell: Corruption Hampers Ukraine’s Reform Process

    February 16, 2021

    According to a speech of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the European Union believes that the reform process in Ukraine continues to be hampered by widespread corruption, calling on Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau to be fully independent as well as reassuring the country that they have the EU’s political, technical, and financial support.

  • Paris Court Finds French State Guilty Over Climate Inaction

    February 03, 2021

    The Paris administrative court recognized ecological damage linked to climate change and held the French state responsible for failing to fully meet its goals in reducing greenhouse gases after a group of NGOs backed by two million citizens had filed a complaint accusing the French state of failing to act to halt climate change.

  • EU Gives Poland a Month to Respond to Concerns

    February 01, 2021

    The European Commission considers Poland in violation of EU law for allowing the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court to make decisions which have a direct impact on judges and the way they do their jobs, warning the country that it must address these long standing concerns within a month or face possible legal action.

  • Yahoo: Branch of AfD Placed Under State Surveillance

    January 27, 2021

    A regional branch of Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is being actively monitered by Germany's domestic intelligence agency as a possible prelude to placing the party under surveillance nationally as a « suspicious entity », which would give agents increased powers of surveillance.

  • Poland plans to make Censoring of Social Media Accounts Illegal

    January 18, 2021

    The Guardian reports that Polish government officials have denounced the deactivation of Donald Trump’s social media accounts and will draft a law that will make it illegal for tech companies to take similar actions in Poland.

  • EU to Investigate Hungary for Ignoring Asylum Ruling

    January 14, 2021

    According to  reports by a Budapest-based NGO, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungary is continuing to force would-be asylum seekers back into Serbia and will be receiving a formal European Commission notice for ignoring a recent EU court ruling on asylum.

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