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Europe grapples with new state of emergency decrees

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Analysis. We may be stopping the virus, but are we killing democracy in the process? Hungary’s Orbán has finally become the dictator he always wanted to be.

written by Anna Maria Merlo

Topic European Union

April 1, 2020

According to the Council of Europe, an organization dedicated to upholding human rights, “an indefinite and uncontrolled state of emergency cannot guarantee that the basic principles of democracy will be observed.”

The European Parliament expressed its “concern” and asked the Commission to “assess if the proposed [Hungarian state of emergency bill] complies with the values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also said that it was “following with concern” the bill establishing a state of emergency without any time limitations imposed by Viktor Orbán.

Nine Hungarian press freedom organizations have asked EU leaders to oppose the draft law which........

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