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8th Jul 2020

Podcast

Coronavirus vs Democracy

  • Hungary's Viktor Orban might be the first - but not the only - one to use coronavirus for a powergrab (Photo: Helena Malikova)

Concern is growing that emergency powers deployed to control the coronavirus pandemic will be used to erode democracy and civil rights.

Joelle Grogan, a senior lecturer in law at Middlesex University London, describes the curbs on liberty that may be coming your way — and what can be done so such measures are proportionate and fair.

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Grogan also sounds the alarm about steps that could allow Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree in response to the outbreak.

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EU Scream is the progressive politics podcast from Brussels. Produced by James Kanter with graphics by Helena Malikova and music by Lara Natale.

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