The decision comes as the government moves to tighten its grip on non-government organisations.

Understanding the rise of Orban: a lesson for western democracies in crisis

Capitalism without oversight has the inherent possibility to destroy democracy – no matter how long it has been functioning in a given country.

“Hungary comes first with us.” Victor Orban electoral campaign poster in Miskolc, Hungary, March 2018. NurPhoto/Press Association. All rights reserved. The last couple of years have seen a worrisome trend of rising illiberalism across democratic societies. President Trump’s victory, the Brexit vote, emerging right-wing forces in Germany – these are all examples that the liberal democratic consensus is in serious crisis.

 

Parliament to Zuck: show up or else

When the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke — and along with it, the news that the company had boasted of using deceptive and illegal tactics to sell Brexit — Parliament asked Mark Zuckerberg to show up and account for himself. He told them to go fuck themselves.

Madrid as a place of democratic innovation

An exuberant ecosystem of citizen practices and self-managed spaces has turned Madrid into an international reference of the urban commons. EspañolPortuguês

Image source: Decide Madrid.

France’s protesters revive ghosts of 1968 revolt

Do France’s 2018 student protests have much in common with the turmoil of May 1968?

Concerns over increasing violence against migrants in Europe

Violence against migrants and asylum seekers erupted in the Greek island of Lesbos last weekend as part of a trend across Europe that has human rights groups worried.  On Sunday April 22, locals joined far-right groups gathered in Sappho Square on the Greek Island of Lesbos, to complain about the presence of migrants. Several days earlier, 200 asylum seekers, mainly of Afghan origin, had moved into the square to protest against the conditions in their camps and delays in the asylum applications (The New York Times). The clashes began during the evening when far-right protesters started to throw stones, bottles and firecrackers at migrants while shouting “throw them in the sea” and “burn them alive.” Among the migrants were several women and children that others tried to shield by forming a circle around them (Al Jazeera). The clashes continued overnight until early morning and resulted in 10 people being injured. More than 100 refugees were also arrested after the confrontation (ABC News). According to a statement from the left-wing Greek party Syriza, the right-wing attacks were part of a “well-organised action by specific extreme right, criminal elements”(The Telegraph)

Europe’s duty to save journalists

The murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Ján Kuciak and many other journalists were not due to fate, but to structural deficiencies in state institutions that should have protected them.

10 April 2018, Malta, Bidnija: Activists Pia Zammit (L) and Clemence Dujardin in front of the improvised cenotaph of the murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia opposite the palace of justice. Lena Klimkeit/Press Association. All rights reserved.The brutal killings of investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ján Kuciak came as tragic reminders that Europe remains a dangerous place for journalists. How European states respond to these murders will shape not only the future of the press, but also that of our democracies.

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