Democracy

Iohannis welcomes Venice Commission's adopting parameters on relationship between majority, opposition

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis welcomes the adoption by the Venice Commission of "Parameters on the relationship between the parliamentary majority and the opposition in a democracy: a checklist," according to a press statement released by the Presidential Administration.

Turnout in Eastern Europe Has Increased in Comparison to the European Elections Five Years Ago

  
    In Hungary, 17.2% of voters voted around 8.00 am compared with 11.5% five years ago.
    Observers in Slovakia predict a turnout of about 20 per cent. Although it is still low, it is higher than 13 percent in 2014.
    Electoral activity in the European elections in Slovakia was the lowest in the EU since its accession to the bloc in 2004, the DPA notes.

The specter of fear

Fear had been erased in Greece after the fall of the 1967-74 dictatorship.

Citizens, judges, politicians and anyone else in the public eye knew they had nothing to be afraid of.

But the fear is back, as groups of hooligans threaten or exercise violence. Decisions are being made in a climate of fear and freedom of speech is under threat.

Democracy tainted

Speaking of Tuesday's attack on the Parliament in Athens, House Speaker Nikos Voutsis said that the assault "offers nothing to social struggles." But the incident in which vandals threw paint at the front of the building, an attack which was claimed by the anti-establishment group Rouvikonas, had something to offer to some people.

Mayoral candidate accuses jailed terrorist of trying to blackmail judges

Costas Bakoyannis, the regional governor of Central Greece who is running for Athens mayor, accused on Tuesday a jailed terrorist of blackmailing judicial officials into granting him a new prison leave.
Bakoyannis' father was assassinated by the now defunct November 17 terror group in 1989.

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