India’s Crackdown on Freedom of Information during the Pandemic:

Since the start of the pandemic, many countries have been accused of falsifying statistics and silencing whistleblowers; however, unsurprisingly, most of those countries were already infamous for curbing free speech even before the pandemic.  So, how did the pandemic worsen…

Viktor Orbán and the Rise of Illiberal Democracy

In her book `Twilight of Democracy`, the author Anne Applebaum takes a closer look at the rise of new authoritarianism in the world. One of the most interesting aspects of her work is her insight on how intellectuals and politicians,…

The EU’s Response to Hungary’s Democratic Backsliding

Hungary has undergone a significant transformation in the last decade, one that is often described as a democratic, or rule of law, backsliding. The roots of this negative development can be traced back to the landslide victory of Viktor Orbán’s…

Does Political Correctness Foster Tolerance?

Before I go on, I need to make something clear: I firmly believe that the biggest threat to liberal democracy, freedom of speech and tolerance of different ways of life, today, comes from nationalistic and alt-right reactionary movements. The fault…

Will “Mnangagwanism” replace “Mugabetarianism’’?

The 37 year old Baobab government, led by the Marxist-Leninist Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), was cut off last year in a deal to allow for a transition of power to Mugabe’s long-time ally, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The…