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# Democracy

This year
Poland's pro-EU opposition set to win parliamentary majority, partial election results show
The surprise result would end eight years of rule by the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Ukraine's parliament speaker tells Dublin conference that Europe 'woke to its mistake' after invasion
Over 60 speakers or deputy speakers are present at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament in Dublin today.
Tánaiste says extra TDs are 'an expense we can afford'
The Electoral Commission recommended the number of TDs should be increased from 160 to 174.
Hong Kong democracy activists partially win bid to quash protest convictions
Judges unanimously quashed the convictions over the charge of organising an unauthorised assembly.
Hong Kong offers bounties for intel on prominent pro-democracy activists overseas
All eight fled Hong Kong after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law in 2020 to quell dissent.
Lack of transparency harming Ireland’s vital election observer role
Crunching years of data and speaking to experts, Noteworthy scrutinises how our observer system stacks up internationally.
Belarus opposition leader denounces her treason trial as 'farce'
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya lives in exile in Lithuania and claims her court-appointed lawyer won’t respond to her.
Thousands of Brazilians join rallies to condemn riots at national congress
Supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed buildings in Brasilia on Sunday.
Last year
EU lawmakers say Hungary no longer a 'full democracy'
Hungary was described as “a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy” in “serious breach” of EU democratic norms.
Australian PM accuses predecessor of 'trashing' democracy by taking over five ministerial posts
Anthony Albanese said Scott Morrison had appointed himself to more ministries than initially thought.
Does 'constructive Euroscepticism' have a place in the EU?
Eurosceptic rhetoric has softened in the wake of Brexit but still allows questions of a less-than-perfect system.
Larry Donnelly: Busting myths ahead of the referendum on allowing the Irish diaspora vote for the President
Our columnist addresses the news that a referendum to allow Irish diaspora to vote for a new Irish president to take place before 2024.
Opinion: The drive for re-election is a major flaw of modern democracy
Caoimhín de Barra looks at democracy and asks if it prevents politicians from pushing for real change.
All time
Belarus mother of five jailed over ‘unsanctioned mass gatherings’
Volha Zalatar was arrested on the street when she was taking her 10-year-old daughter to music school.
Hong Kong organisers of Tiananmen Square vigil to disband amid crackdown
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China was under investigation.
Dozens of candidates try to unseat California governor in 'recall election' - here's how it works
Most of the list of 40-odd challengers are Republicans.
Hong Kong leader advocates retaliatory sanctions against West
Carrie Lam said the anti-foreign sanctions law should be adopted in Hong Kong through local legislation
Belarus leader denies repression a year after disputed vote
President Alexander Lukashenko also promised to step down ‘very soon’ but would not say when exactly.
Five Apple Daily execs arrested under Hong Kong security law
Police searched the newspaper’s offices in another move sparking concern about the future of the free press in the territory.
Hong Kong’s Tiananmen museum shuts down amid investigation
Organisers of the June 4 Museum said they were seeking legal advice.
Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai gets 14-month jail term over 2019 pro-democracy protest
The 73-year-old is currently serving a separate 14-month jail term for convictions related to other unauthorised rallies in 2019.
Myanmar generals in firm control after coup as US threatens sanctions
US President Joe Biden led the chorus of global outrage, calling for a quick restoration of democracy.
Opinion: Ireland has dropped rank on the global corruption index - we can and should do better
DCU’s John Devitt and Robert Gillanders say the country must control corruption if it is to protect more than just its international reputation.
Opinion: Trump has been a disaster for democracy - he has laid the ground for fascism
Caoimhín De Barra looks at Trump’s legacy and the impact his presidency has had on democracy.
Opinion: If an Electoral Commission is established, it faces a mammoth task
As plans continue for a new Register of Electors Bill, the Fianna Fáil senator says a Commission would face major challenges.
Chileans vote overwhelmingly to replace their constitution
The vote came a year to the day after more than one million people thronged downtown Santiago amidst a wave of social unrest.
Irish journalist: I spent the last five years covering Hong Kong, but then my visa was declined
Irish journalist Aaron Mc Nicholas has returned from the territory and here, he documents the daily challenges faced by journalists and other activists in a politically tense Hong Kong.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong to fight for seat in Hong Kong legislature
“We hope to let the world to know how we choose not to surrender, how we choose not to kowtow to China,” he said.
Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial?
The law was approved by Hong Kong legislators on Thursday.
Unrest returns to Hong Kong as politicians battle for key committee position
Hong Kong reopened in recent days after riding out the Covid-19 health emergency.
Britain cancels its May local elections due to coronavirus outbreak
The Electoral Commission yesterday wrote to ministers warning of ‘real risks’ to holding the elections as planned on 7 May.
'Barristers cannot discriminate': Bar Council responds to criticism of FF TD who advised Gerry Adams
In other #GE2020 news, Sinn Féin accused Mairéad McGuinness’ Auschwitz comments of revealing a ‘panic and desperation’.
Hong Kong leader to 'listen humbly' after pro-democracy parties crush opposition at local elections
The Labour Party in Hong Kong attributed to the victory to the “sweat, blood and tears” of protesters.
Hong Kong voters wait in hundred metre-long queues to cast their ballot in elections
One-third of registered voters had cast their ballot in the first five hours.
US Senate angers China after it unanimously passes bill supporting democracy in Hong Kong
A measure banning the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other equipment that have been used by security forces was also approved.
Why was there such a big fuss over 'Votegate' and what happens next?
There have been calls for a review of the voting system, but some TDs have said deputies simply need to follow the rules.
'Carrie Lam step down!': Chaotic scenes in Hong Kong legislature as hecklers shout down major speech
The speech by chief executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests.
Hong Kong protesters march to US consulate to increase pressure on Beijing
Millions of Hong Kongers have protested in the past three months.
Hong Kong police ban pro-democracy rally over fears of violence by protesters
It follows a return to violence during protests in the region last weekend.
Hundreds of thousands attend another huge protest in Hong Kong
Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the city into crisis.