On June 4th almost half a million peopled gathered throughout Poland in defense of democracy, to protest a recent law passed by President Andrzej Duda approved, which permits parliament to establish a commission in investigate electoral integrity with sweeping powers that could imperil political opposition.
- Israeli rallies began in November, after Netanyahu’s victory and the formation of a new government through a coalition of six right-wing parties. At a press conference held on January 4, Minister of Justice Yariv Levin announced the government’s plan to reform the judicial branch that would empower the executive branch to override it.
- Lebanon’s unique power-sharing system used to be celebrated as a model of effective democracy in a highly diverse context. That is no longer the case. Prof. Mona Harb (AUB) explains why in the second part of this video-interview shot on the margins of Reset DOC’s 2022 Venice Seminars, “Between State and Civil Society: Who Protects Individual Liberties and Human Dignity?”
- Yes, liberal democracies do need to build up a cohesive alliance to counter the threats – militarily and in the war of ideas – that are posed by aggressive authoritarianism, but without falling into two dangerous pitfalls – the author of How Democracies Die warns: to inadvertently bring all illiberal regimes into a united geopolitical front, and to think that the threat of personalistic despotism is just somewhere “out there”, and not also within the fragile corps of Western democracies themselves.
- Never as on January 6 2021 did America fear outright institutional collapse. While its democracy has proven resilient, none of the ingredients for a constitutional crisis has meanwhile been taken off the table, writes Seth Moskowitz.
- The ‘unexpected competitor’ in Hungary’s upcoming elections, Péter Márki-Zay, is strengthening its profile, both internally and at European level. Outgoing PM Viktor Orbán will be counting on the deep state he has built over the last 12 years to cling to power, or come back soon.
- Christophe Jaffrelot’s latest oeuvre provides a comprehensive account of how, and why, India started descending into today’s political nightmare. A review.
- EU institutions have launched a large-scale deliberative democracy exercise to gather fresh reform ideas. Now they need to decide what to do with them.
- Covid-battered Bulgaria is heading to polls for the third time in a year. But a hung Parliament looms, again.
- Pro- and anti-Saied demonstrators are staging a growing “squares battle” after the centralization of powers in the hands of the President.