Jokes About Hungarian ‘Dictator’ Masked Breach at Heart of EU

Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg, 10.12.2020

Quotes

Link to full article


When Jean-Claude Juncker spotted Hungary's Viktor Orban at the start of a European Union summit in 2015, he greeted him with a friendly handshake and a cheeky slap on the face.

"The dictator is coming," the EU veteran from Luxembourg joked to colleagues milling around on camera before their talks began in earnest. No one's laughing now. [...]

Even if the new mechanism tying funds to the rule of law is watered down or hard to use in practice, its mere existence could help, said Janis Emmanouilidis, a director of studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, because it may deter governments from the most blatant abuses and offer support to domestic parties that are more in line with the EU's core values.

"Having this conditionality mechanism in place, it is opening the door in a certain direction," he said. [...]

Read full article here


Latest media contributions

EPC Update – rollout of vaccines | travel prospects | COVID-19 situation after the summer | wider neighbourhood – EU-Turkey, Russia, Iran
Online Briefing, YouTube, 19.04.2021

Wie die Allianz Draghi-Macron Europa verändern könnte
Quotes, Die Welt, 05.04.2021

Beziehungsstatus: Es ist kompliziert
Quotes, Die Welt, 05.04.2021

Beste Insellage - Der Brexit als Erfolgsmodell
Interview, hr2, 29.03.2021

EPC Update – rollout of vaccines | Digital Green Certificate | Europe's digital transformation
Online Briefing, YouTube, 26.03.2021

EPC Update – rollout of vaccines | CoFoE prospects | EU's trade strategy | EU-UK TCA | prospects for Europe in the 'age of permacrisis'
Online Briefing, YouTube, 11.03.2021

E lança ambicioso debate cidadão sobre o futuro da Europa
Quotes, Swissinfo, 10.03.2021

Bloc party: Europeans invited to debate the future EU
Quotes, France 24, 10.03.2021

Conferência sobre o Futuro da Europa deve focar-se em prioridades estratégicas como futuras pandemias
Quotes/Interview, LUSA (PT), 10.03.2021

EPC Update – videoconference European Council & response COVID-19 & security and defence policy
Online Briefing, YouTube, 26.02.2021


Media