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Brussels recommends billions in EU funds be withheld from Hungary
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Hungary appears confident it can prevent €7.5 billion cut in EU funds
Hungary has committed to implementing 17 measures to strengthen oversight into how EU funds are spent in the country before mid-November.
Brussels calls for €7.5 billion EU funding cut from Hungary
The Commission stressed that this is the next step in its rule of law mechanism process.
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"The only reason we don’t laugh at it is because we’re bored of it," the Hungarian Prime Minister said in reaction to the European Parliament's report.
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MEPs argue a lack of decisive EU action has led to a "breakdown in democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights" in Hungary.
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Brussels and Warsaw in new tussle over post-COVID recovery fund
The general secretary of Poland's ruling party said they were prepared to aim "all our cannons in our arsenal" on the Commission and if needed form a coalition to unseat Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President.
Brussels questions Polish judicial reforms to unlock EU recovery funds
The European Commission has said at least one necessary element was "missing" from Poland's judicial reforms.
Prague will be 'honest broker' on rule of law, says Commissioner
Commissioner Věra Jourová, said Prague will also focus on strengthening democracy across the bloc during its EU presidency and will be an "honest broker" with Poland and Hungary.
Von der Leyen defends controversial approval of Polish recovery plan
MEPs urged the Commission to withhold payments until all judicial reforms are carried out.
MEPs want confidence vote in VDL over COVID cash decision for Poland
Senior MEPs have criticised von der Leyen for approving Poland's recovery plan despite concerns over its rule of law provisions.
Brussels approves €35B Polish recovery plan despite rule of law doubts
The plan was blocked for more than a year over controversial judicial reforms in Poland.
EU determined to uphold rule of law following Orban's re-election
Hungary's Justice Minister had urged the bloc not to create division amid the war in Ukraine.
EU member states can leave, but can the bloc kick one of them out?
The EU has not included such a procedure in its treaties — adding it now would take years and most likely fail.
What's next after Brussels triggers rule of law mechanism on Hungary?
The never-used procedure will target the €6.1 billion the country gets every year from the EU budget.
Polish judges detail rule of law backsliding in new documentary
Some Polish judges are making sure the conflict between Warsaw and Brussels over rule of law backsliding isn't forgotten.
'Nazi salute' in EU parliament was 'an innocent wave', says MEP
Angel Dzhambazki raised his right hand after speaking in a debate on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.
ECJ rules in favour of making EU cash handouts conditional
The high court rejected a bid by Poland and Hungary, which argued the budgetary instrument exceeded EU competences.
EU must be prepared for a possible rigged election in Hungary | View
In April the European Union could face the first ever significantly rigged vote in one of its member states. A full observation mission should be sent to this year's parliamentary election, warns German Marshall Fund fellow Daniel Hegedüs.
Rule of law in the EU: Is Slovenia following Hungary's path?
The European Parliament adopted a critical resolution on the backsliding of EU values in Slovenia, without the votes of the powerful EPP centre-right group.
Polish lawmakers overturn Senate veto of controversial media law
Polish lawmakers overturned on Friday a Senate veto of a controversial media bill seen as targeting a US-owned network that's often critical of the Polish government.
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Last month, the treatment of Vietnamese workers building Serbia's first Chinese tyre factory caused a scandal. The government must uphold the rule of law no matter how attractive the investment, writes Vuk Vuksanovic of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP).
Hungarian court avoids ruling on EU law primacy in migration case
The Hungarian Constitutional Court said it could not rule on whether EU law took precedence over Hungary's constitution.
European Court of Justice: EU law precludes Hungary's supreme court
National judges in EU member states cannot be banned from seeking guidance from the European Court of Justice, the ruling stated.
Poland's judicial appointments process against EU law, rules ECJ
The EU's top court has ruled that the Polish government's ability to send judges to higher courts and remove them casts doubts over judicial independence.
European court urges Poland to address lack of judicial independence
The court called on Warsaw to take "rapid action" to resolve the lack of independence in its National Council.
Poland summons Belgian ambassador in war of words over EU rule of law
The dispute centres on comments made by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, while responding to his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki.