COVID-19: Can the EU avoid an epidemic of authoritarianism?

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Publication Date 09/04/2020
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On March 30th 2020, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán used his two-thirds majority in the Hungarian Parliament to pass emergency legislation enabling him to rule by decree until the COVID-19 crisis is over – a date which he alone will decide. The EU can no longer treat Hungary as a normal, if difficult, member-state. It must react to the flagrantly anti-democratic new legislation, while keeping a close eye on emergency laws in other member-states to ensure that they are justifiable, proportionate and respect its norms.


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