Friday, April 3, 2020

‘Deep concern’ over coronavirus emergency powers

Hungary was not singled out but there has been widespread condemnation of the sweeping powers handed to the prime minister.

A group of 13 EU member states have said they are “deeply concerned” about the use of emergency measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

It was legitimate to use “extraordinary measures”, they said, but some powers could threaten “democracy and fundamental rights”.

Earlier this week Hungary’s parliament granted Prime Minister Viktor Orban sweeping new powers.

Other states are considering similar measures.