Nearly a quarter of countries registering setbacks in political rights and civil liberties in 2016 were in Europe, accordingÂ to a Freedom House report publishedÂ Tuesday.
The U.S.-based research organization found backward moves on democracy in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Spain, as well as the United States.
The report identified rising anxiety because of: Britainâs vote to leave the European Union; the policies of Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice government; gains by anti-immigrant,Â nationalist parties in Europe; and Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S.
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Source: European Voice