Leaders of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum are facing a combined total of 217 years in prison for inciting rebellion. Defending their rights is in the self-interest of Europe if it wants to remain a leading force for democracy.
Having sealed the transition from dictatorship to flourishing democracy, the Spanish Constitution has been glue holding Spain together for decades. As the country marks 40 years since it was adopted, does it continue to serve the Spanish people?
Sooner rather than later [...] the EU must be able to prevent and correct breaches of Union values. We should create the powers to apply sanctions – if necessary including financial sanctions - that can act as effective deterrence.
The rulers [in Poland] do not behave as if they were meaningful constrained by law; whenever it does not suit their political purposes, they simply amend it. This is not a rule of law, this is rule by law.
It is clear that at the highest levels of the Cabinet, Conservative politicians are worried about criticising Hungary in any way, because they want to secure favourable treatment in the Brexit negotiations, writes British Labour MEP Theresa Griffin.
Euronews asks British members of the European Parliament to share their views on the recent vote on the rule of law in Hungary, in which the Tories were the only ruling conservative party in western Europe to oppose taking disciplinary action against Viktor Orbán's government.
It is important to note that the Tories sit in the European Parliament along with PiS, the Polish ruling party, who have taken very hostile actions against the independence of the judiciary in their country. These actions leave you wondering whether the Tories see democracy as a priority.
Professor Krugman is right to be concerned given President Trump's ongoing attacks on democratic norms in the US and the Republican party's complicity in those attacks, but I don't agree that we are close to becoming another Poland or Hungary.
SZANYI: “I can only hope that finally the EPP leaders will prove to have sufficient political will, and leverage on Orbán to respect European values.” MOLNÁR: “I believe that the EPP should have launched the exclusion of Fidesz from its community a long time ago.”