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Democracy Digest: Red Flags and Respirators

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Budapest to Belgrade: All Aboard the Secret Express

Czechs Fear Autocratic Contagion

Analysts say such displays hint at a geopolitical realignment taking place in parts of Central and Southeast Europe as the pandemic prompts some governments to pivot away from Brussels and towards more authoritarian allies to the east.

Budapest to Belgrade: All Aboard the Secret Express

Yet even before a sleeper is laid, the Hungarian government has thrown a cloak of secrecy over the project, raising serious questions about transparency and accountability.

On April 8, the government submitted a draft bill to classify details of the Budapest-Belgrade railway plan, ostensibly to protect national interests. 

China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.

Turkey asks China to clarify aid packages to Armenia

Turkey asked China for clarification about aid packages sent to Armenia that bore a reference to Ağrı Mountain in eastern Turkey in English that borders Armenia, said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said China's Ambassador to Ankara Deng Li and Beijing's Foreign Ministry have shown efforts to resolve the issue.

Coronavirus is Not the Only Disease Afflicting the Balkans

Vucic was hardly a liberal, democratic, pro-European figure to begin with, so pronouncements about the demise of European solidarity from a man who spent most of the 1990s and 2000s in the ranks of the Serbian ultra-nationalist movement, and who was Slobodan Milosevic's Minister of Information, should be taken with a moose-sized saltlick.

Accusations from Great Britain: China has concealed coronavirus data

UK Minister Michael Gove has accused China of concealing real data regarding the spread of coronavirus, Sputnik reports.
"The first case of the virus was registered in China in December last year, but reports from China were incomplete even then, with no clear indication of the origin and how contagious it was", Gove said.

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