Together with 12 other Renew MEPs, Sophie in ’t Veld voiced her concern about attempts within Europe to do away with checks and balances and fundamental rights during the corona crisis.
Despite the wave of solidarity among Europeans, some see in this crisis a window of opportunity for more sinister plans. Hungary wants to implement an indefinite state of emergency, making it possible for Prime Minister Viktor Orban to suspend laws and postpone elections. Latvia, Romania and Estonia have tried to seize this opportunity to break free from their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. Privacy is also at stake, as several countries, such as Belgium, Germany, Poland and the UK, use anonymised data of mobile phone users to track their movements.
In these times of crisis, European citizens demand strong leadership, and rightfully so. However, that should never be misinterpreted as a demand for authoritarianism or doing away with European values.
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