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2 July 2020

A series of first arrests have been made under China’s controversial security law in Hong Kong which effectively curtails some civil and social liberties, threatening the status of the “one country, two systems” model.

The parliament of Kyrgyzstan has adopted a new bill on online media, which grants authorities with the power to shut down or block access to any website containing what they find to be untruthful information.

Following last Sunday’s presidential election, Polish President Duda will be facing liberal Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski for the second round of the presidential elections, scheduled for 12 July.

Club de Madrid have realised their 2019 Annual Report, Democracy that delivers, in which they reflect on their work on advancing and promoting democracy, good governance and social inclusion worldwide.

collection of essays and commentaries by Carnegie Europe, edited by Richard Youngs, assesses how the pandemic is testing European democracy, covering a wide range of topics including European integration, civil society, technocratic governance and the digital sphere.

The Varieties of Democracy Institute has released a resource guide on defending democracy from illiberal challenges in response to the rising threat of authoritarianism.

Root of Conflict
COVID-19 and Conflict Afflicted States

This episode of the Root of Conflict podcast features Frances Z. Brown, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic is playing out in 12 different conflict-affected states, and how the efforts to contain the virus increase the likelihood of aggravating those conflicts.

RECONNECT Annual Conference
What Future for the European Union?
3 July, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The project RECONNECT is holding a conference on rule of law and democracy in Europe, post-COVID-19. The conference will host several panels with prominent scholars, civil society representatives as well as the European Parliament Research Service, with a keynote address from Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Šuica.


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