Democracy Digest: V4 Countries Face New Challenges as Pandemic Eases

Czech Republic: economy slows down as lockdown eases

The Czech Republic further eased its lockdown and travel restrictions this week, as the coronavirus pandemic weakened. It has dropped the obligatory wearing of facemasks, allowed pubs, restaurants, hotels and museums to fully open and has partially opened borders, rail links and airports.

Sakellaropoulou speaks with Austrian counterpart

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou held a telephone conversation Tuesday with her Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen on the need for Europe-wide coordination to minimize the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

More specifically, talks between the two leaders of state focused on the repercussions of the pandemic on tourism and the economy.

Former Bosnian Refugee to Become Austria’s New Justice Minister

A Bosnian-born woman who came to Austria as a child refugee will be Austria's new Justice Minister, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Thirty-five-year-old Alma Zadic, a lawyer and member of the Green Party, will also be the youngest Justice Minister in Austrian history and the first to come from an immigrant background.

Hungary’s Varhelyi Cleared for EU Enlargement Post

Hungarian Oliver Varhelyi was cleared by the European Parliament as the bloc's new neighbourhood and enlargement commissioner on Monday, overcoming doubts among some MEPs about his ability to encourage and assess reform in aspiring member states in light of his own country's perceived backsliding on democracy.

After Austrian Conservative Sebastian Kurz Wins Election, What's Next?

Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wins a strong vote but cannot make the cabinet himself.

The big winner in the Austrian elections is the party of former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The formation is taking 7% more than the previous vote and will have 11 deputies more than it has before.