Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis acknowledges applause from his lawmakers during a parliament session for the budget of 2023, in Athens, Dec. 17, 2022.

New Greek law blocks far-right party from running in upcoming election


Spyros Tsoutsoumpis, a lecturer in modern European history at the University of Manchester, discusses with The World’s host Carol Hills the implications of Greece banning the far-right Greek National Party from running in elections.

Biden and Erdoğan fist-bump at NATO meeting.

Checking in on democratic peace: Part II

Critical State
A building is still riddled with war damage, on the former frontline of the Lebanese Civil War, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Checking in on democratic peace: Part I

Critical State
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US could stand to dial down democracy, says economist

US politics
Ai Weiwei looks at the camera as he stands in front of a microphone

Ai Weiwei: Hong Kong security law ‘the last nail of the coffin’

Hong Kong politics
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Hong Kong national security law to take effect; Iran sentences journalist to death; Koalas could be extinct by 2050 in New South Wales

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A controversial national security law for Hong Kong is set to take effect, as pro-democracy advocates warn of eroding freedoms in the semi-autonomous region. New reports say US President Donald Trump was briefed in February about suspected Russian bounties on US soldiers, contradicting the president’s claims. An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to death. An Australian inquiry shows koalas in NSW could become extinct by 2050.

President Trump holds up a Bible.

Never before have threats to US democracy been so grave, says political scientist

US politics

Could the US become a so-called “competitive authoritarian regime” which only bears the “outer look of democracy?”

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‘Smart vote’ protests in Russia deal Putin’s party a blow in elections


At the suggestion of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, many anti-Putin voters decided to vote for anyone other than a candidate from Vladimir Putin’s party — even candidates that voters might otherwise find distasteful — in Russia’s municipal elections.

Protesters wa;l through the streets of a city carrying Russian flags and large signs written in Russian.

Laws are chipping away at democracy around the world

Global Politics

New research shows how recent laws have slowly eroded the role of nongovernmental agencies all over the world . Experts have said that these actions threaten democracy in countries where institutions have already become weak. See where and how laws like these have had their biggest impact.

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Autocracies that look like democracies are a threat across the globe

These other countries don’t look threatening. They look like democracies. But they’re not.