Authoritarians in Hungary, Poland and Slovenia abused the pandemic to continue eroding democratic standards, but traditionally strong democracies also disappoint.
Anti-lockdown protests erupted in Austria, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. Some are fueled by politics, some by extremism.
Six months have passed since the EU Court ruled that Orban's anti-NGO law violates EU law. The government has taken no steps to comply with the ruling.
The interpretative declaration might seem like an insignificant concession, because it’s not legally binding. But it’s likely to render the conditionality mechanism useless in practice. And it’s just not needed to unblock the budget.
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Hungary in early September 2020.
Why are Fidesz and PiS so opposed to rule of law conditionality, and can the EU get its budget and corona recovery package through without them?
On 30th September 2020, the European Commission released its first (in the future annual) report, the “2020 Rule of Law Report”, on the state of democracy of its member states.
The European Commission released its first-ever EU Rule of Law Report. Liberties welcomes the Report but warns that such reports must not just be a box-ticking exercise.
If she cares about the future of the Union and wants to give some hope back to the Hungarian people, President von der Leyen should be forceful in her reply to Orbán's call for the sacking of an EU Vice-President.
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