As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, on 22nd October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that abortion due to foetal abnormality is unconstitutional.
On 11th and 25th October 2020, Lithuania held parliamentary elections that ultimately led to the creation of a new conservative government.
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Hungary in early September 2020.
In late September 2020, after a 16-month deadlock, seven political parties agreed to form a coalition federal government that replaced the caretaker administration.
On 29th October 2020, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, with the support of Parliament, extended the state of alarm until May 2021, which is expected to help the authorities control the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 2nd and 3rd October 2020, regional elections were held in the Czech Republic.
As reported in our previous update, on 22nd October 2020 the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland ruled that access to abortion care on the grounds of “severe and irreversible foetal defect or incurable illness.
In the past few months the refugee crisis has remained one of the biggest political and social challenges facing Greece.
On 15th September 2020, the Romanian government extended the state of alert for 30 days due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Due to the growing infection rates of COVID-19, from 10th October 2020, public gatherings in Poland were restricted to a maximum of 150 participants.