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There are ways around Orban. Firstly, Poland may not be quite so supportive now that it is close to  the frontline of Russian aggression.

Secondly, the EU can invoke a variable speed geometry whereby many EU initiatives are adopted voluntarily by supportive members without unanimous agreement. CF the Eurogroup of Finance Ministers.

Gradually to husk of the old EU containing non supportive members is allowed to die away and the new EU emerges with much tighter rules about democracy, convergence and cohesion. Guess who won't be allowed into the new club?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 09:28:38 PM EST
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Maybe the EU needs a strong central government?
by asdf on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 10:47:12 PM EST
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It may come to that, and it is certainly an aspiration for European integrationists, but the EU project is currently very far from that, with the member states guarding their national sovereignties jealously and only pooling very distinct competencies/areas of sovereignty. Only severe and direct external aggression could change that I suspect.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 04:09:58 PM EST
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