Instant Opinion: the coronavirus pandemic is putting ‘democracy at stake’

 Instant Opinion: the coronavirus pandemic is putting ‘democracy at stake’

The Week’s daily round-up highlights the five best opinion pieces from across the British and international media, with excerpts from each.

1. Christoph Strack on Deutsche Welle

on the fear of corona-fascism

Amid coronavirus, democracy is at stake

“Since March, the German government – like other governments all over the world – has been struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. It has introduced concrete measures to contain the virus, calling on people to wear face masks and banning gatherings in public spaces. It has imposed restrictions on cultural life, on the food and catering industry, on hotels and also on places of worship. These measures have been annoying and painful for almost everyone – and some have also seen them as a violation of their fundamental rights. On Wednesday, demonstrators – among them COVID-19 deniers and supporters of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) – went so far as to compare the government’s proposed measures with the Enabling Act of 1933 which paved the way for Hitler’s dictatorship.”

2. Jeremy Gilbert in The Guardian

on a coalition of the unwilling

Only electoral reform will rid the Labour party of factionalism

“In a normal parliamentary democracy where seats are allocated according to the proportion of votes received nationally, none of these people would be in the same party. Corbyn would lead an expl

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