Read in Kronen Zeitung (in German) about the draft of the new legislation in Austria. This is, like many other measures in Europe, completely against Resolution 2361 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which we have reported about before. In Austria, strikes are planned in the beginning of December as a protest.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance writes:
The world is becoming more authoritarian as non-democratic regimes become even more brazen in their repression and many democratic governments suffer from backsliding by adopting their tactics of restricting free speech and weakening the rule of law, exacerbated by what threatens to become a “new normal” of Covid-19 restrictions. For the fifth consecutive year, the number of countries moving in an authoritarian direction exceeds the number of countries moving in a democratic direction. In fact, the number moving in the direction of authoritarianism is three times the number moving towards democracy.
In their new global report, we can inter alia read that:
Some of the most worrying examples of backsliding are found in some of the world’s largest countries (Brazil, India). The United States and three members of the European Union (EU) (Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, which holds the chair of the EU in 2021) have also seen concerning democratic declines.
Although some statements in their reports can be questioned, the general trend of undemocratic development is alarming.
Download the global report or see regional reports on https://www.idea.int/gsod/
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