Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic “is driving authoritarianism” and is reducing respect for human rights.
“We are very concerned about how the crisis is driving authoritarianism,” said the head of German diplomacy during an intervention before the Bundestag, the lower house of the German Bundestag.
Maas cited the repressive measures against journalists in countries such as Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Turkey and China as an example of the authoritarian reactions to the pandemic. “Right here in the heart of Europe, we see how immediate measures are being used to reduce the rule of law,” he said.
The German minister welcomed the initiatives by the European Commission to launch a systematic assessment of the immediate measures taken in all Member States, with special attention to Hungary.