•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.
•The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, the largest human rights organization in the country, is under attack from a far-right party in the ruling coalition.
•Romania's government wants to silence organisations working on democracy, anti-corruption and the rule of law. Here's what it looks like in cake form.