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Hungary is turning into the biggest existential threat to the EU: there are no mechanisms to expel a EU member country, only Article 50 for those countries who want to leave (see: UK).

But Orban doesn't want to leave, quite the opposite: Hungary is one of the biggest net receivers of EU funds. Orban can run his own private dictatorship and can do it on the EU's dime.

Since coercion procedures such as Article 7 require unanimity in the Council and since the PiS in Poland (the other largest net receiver of EU funds) is pretty much on the same path as Fidesz in Hungary, Poland and Hungary are pretty much covering each other and the EU institutions are essentially powerless.

by Bernard on Wed Apr 1st, 2020 at 06:59:35 PM EST

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