State police officers during a “Reopen Virginia” rally around Capitol Square in Richmond on April 22, 2020.
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'Dystopia' is a term that's gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. But it's not a synonym for 'a bad time,' and a government's poor handling of a crisis does not constitute dystopia.
The Mória refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.
The health crisis is pushing governments to try to control the movement of people, but migrants continue to arrive in EU reception centres, which are currently experiencing a crisis of tragic proportions.
Hungarian police officers check cars at the closed Austria-Hungary border, March 18, 2020.
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National emergencies allow for the purest expressions of sovereign power, testing the government’s commitment to human rights. Some leaders are failing the coronavirus test, experts say.
The government now has the power to do whatever it deems necessary to manage the crisis, effectively for an unlimited period of time.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019.
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Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.
Mass mobilization of citizens and organizations around Brussels-North railway station.
The 2015 reception crisis had a profound impact on civil society in Europe. A significant set of attitudes and practices emerged that give a sense of what political participation means today.
Supporters of the anti-Islam party Pegida attend a rally in Copenhagen on January 19, 2015.
The perception of an immigrant threat in Europe is often thought to be driven by rising numbers of asylum seekers, but research indicates that political and media discourses are often the driving factor.
Populism and nationalism are two concepts that go together today. Isolationist proposals, Euroscepticism and a definition of nation against the "enemy" are three of its main ingredients.
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
Who gets a vote and what are they voting for? Everything you need to know.
By obsessing over labels, we avoid having to confront more difficult questions.
US demonstrators who favor and oppose stricter gun laws, in 2018.
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Legislators in a growing number of democracies are clamping down on civil society. In the United States, it's happening at the state level.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro created a new cryptocurrency called the ‘Petro’ to combat hyperinflation.
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When an elected leader turns autocratic, the economy tends to suffer. That's because, in a functioning democracy, economic policy is made jointly, with lawmakers playing a key role.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
I’ll get out the sofa bed, Nikola, don’t you worry.
Viktor Orban is extremely opposed to taking asylum applications, unless they come from his friends.
Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini, two of Europe’s best known ‘populist’ leaders.
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It's a slippery concept but academics have reached agreement on some of its fundamental elements.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban appearing before the European Parliament on September 11.
The proudly illiberal leader is forging new alliances ahead of European elections next year.
Recent elections in Turkey, Hungary and Russia raise a fundamental question about democracy. Can it give autocracy a mandate?
Crowds protesting the forced retirement of judges, in front of Poland’s Supreme Court building, Warsaw.
With its attempt to purge the country's courts of 40 percent of its judges, Poland's right-wing ruling party passed another milestone on the path towards establishment of a one-party state.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Cabinet meeting in Moscow’s Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin's recent re-election was bad news for democracy in Russia. And it's a major loss in the struggle for liberalism, as anti-democratic leaders are assuming power across the globe.