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2 April 2020

Hungary has passed a law that allows President Orban to rule by decree, under the guise of better enabling the country to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, which has come under criticism as an attempt to seize more power.

Long overdue elections were held in Mali –  amongst concerns of violence and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with uncertainty as to whether voters will go to the polls for the second round of elections set for 19 April.

In the face of the global pandemic, the Ethiopian elections board has decided to postpone the elections that were originally scheduled for August, whereas Poland insists on going ahead with their Presidential election scheduled for early May despite calls for postponing elections.

Paul Hockenos writes for Foreign Policy providing an analysis on the latest developments in Hungary and argues that Orban’s power grab signifies the dawn of a post-democratic Europe if countries continue to spiral into taking increasingly authoritarian emergency measures.

ARTICLE 19 has published a briefing on how states, the media and social media companies can help to combat misinformation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) by committing to transparency, actively tackling misinformation and promoting authoritative health advice.

Democracy Reporting International released an article on how some of the emergency measures taken by European countries in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic undermine the rule of law in Europe, drawing attention to the potential infringements on rights and freedoms.

LSE Ideas:  Radical Uncertainty: decision making in an unknowable future (talk)

Economist and Professor John Kay and Professor Marvin King present their latest book on decision-making in times of uncertainty at the London School of Economics Ideas podcast.

Webinar: The Age of Pandemics: The Threat of Infectious Diseases and the Politics of Global Health in the 20th Century
Friday, April 3, 8:00-9:00 PM (CET)

This talk explores the ways in which large-scale epidemics have influenced the political, social, and cultural history of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The webinar will be led by a presentation by Doctor Thomas Zimmer, and is organised by Georgetown University.

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