27 - 30 November
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Monday 27 November - Europe's Illiberal Democrats #1 of 2: Hungary
Hungary is becoming an “illiberal democracy”, in the words of its Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Is that the country’s democratic right, or the path to autocracy(BBC)
Tuesday 28 November - Profile of Emmerson Mnangagwa
Kim Chakanetsa presents a profile of Zimbabwe’s former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He portrays himself to the west as a free-market enthusiast who could change the fortunes of Zimbabwe. But 'The Crocodile', as Mnangagwa is nicknamed, has been at Mugabe's side since the independence struggle, and is associated with some of the regime's most notorious actions. (BBC)
Thursday 30 November - Europe's Illiberal Democrats #2 of 2: Poland
Is Poland sliding towards autocracy, or just on a different democratic path? The government has been accused of a “systemic threat to the rule of law” and of undermining other democratic values which it signed up to when it joined the European Union in 2004. Earlier this year thousands took to the streets to protest over government plans to reform the judiciary. Critics say the independence of the courts is under threat but the governing Law and Justice Party argues it is simply clearing out the old order, left over from Communist times. (BBC)