Thousands of anti-government protesters staged a rally outside President Aleksandar Vučić’s residence on Sunday (17 March) to press their demands for greater media freedom and free and fair elections, a day after they briefly broke into the state television building.
The European Commission will open a legal case against Poland to challenge a new law forcing the early retirement of some 40% of the country's Supreme Court judges, officials said yesterday (28 June), a move likely to develop into a formal lawsuit.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey's presidential election on Sunday (24 June), the head of the country's electoral body said, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half.
By Georgi Gotev|2018-05-11T07:23:27+00:00maj 11th, 2018|Authoritarianism, Christian values, hungarian elections, illiberal democracy, media freedom, News, refugee crisis, refugee quotas, Viktor Orbán|
Fresh from a landslide election win in April, Hungary's combative premier Viktor Orbán was formally sworn in as prime minister Thursday (10 May), and hinted at designs on power until at least 2030.
Tens of thousands rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday (17 April) after ex-president Serzh Sargsyan was elected prime minister by the country’s parliament despite several days of protests, an AFP journalist reported from the scene. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan...
By Georgi Gotev|2017-12-15T17:17:21+00:00december 15th, 2017|Angela Merkel, Article 7, Authoritarianism, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, Jarosław Kaczyński, Jean-Claude Juncker, Mateusz Morawiecki, News, PiS, Poland, Rule of Law Mechanism|
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will support the Commission if it decides to trigger Article 7 against Warsaw next week, the two told a joint press conference at the end of a two-day EU summit on Friday (15 December).
Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday (14 December) that he expects the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.
By Georgi Gotev|2017-04-27T07:44:49+00:00april 27th, 2017|Antonio Tajani, Authoritarianism, democratic deficit, EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, Johannes Hahn, Kati Piri, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish referendum|
Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments are prompting it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn yesterday (26 April).