Dogs are great, but they are not more important to our democratic way of life than, well, democracy. But the groups that help maintain our democracy are under attack — even in Germany. Dogs are not impressed, and neither are we.
See through the cheap tricks of populists: there is no constant fear and chaos in Europe. Fake danger only serves the interest of those with authoritarian ambitions. Watch the 4th episode of our Survival Guide to Authoritarianism.
What would the World Cup be like without referees? Sort of like what a country would be like without independent judges. And the Polish government is getting rid of its referees as quickly as possible.
Eight in 10 Europeans used internet at least once a week last year, according to Eurostat. But although going online is now a part of everyday life, it is still not being fully used to boost democracy.
In a democracy, power is supposed to ultimately rest with the people. But is this actually the case today? More and more, it seems that the game is rigged, and there's no referee to step in and enforce the rules.