The Hungarian government’s
closest EU ally in its “illiberal” politics, Poland, vowed on
Wednesday to protect Hungary against EU sanctions handed down by European
institutions. The statement followed the European Parliament’s approval of the
Sargentini report. The report on the health of democracy in Hungary recommends
triggering a sanctions procedure against the country over its violations of EU
values and the rule of law. Read our detailed analysis here. The statement comes after the European Commission initiated
the same rule of law procedure against Poland.