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... it shows that the EU needs effective mechanisms to sanction its own members to ensure their conformity with European law.

Nonsense, the failure is at the entry level of new members. This is called sovereignty of states especially where there are "free" elections. Glad EU democracy and elections are not modeled after America.


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 16th, 2022 at 06:17:49 AM EST
Membership in the EU requires commitment to certain basic principles: democracy, human rights, the rule of law. That's what members signed up for when they joined. Its not unreasonable to expect them to keep that promise, or for the EU to sanction (and ultimately eject) members who depart from those principles (if they don't eject themselves first).

And that said: greater care in assessing new members would help prevent such problems in future, and things would be better if the EU had taken such care in the past.

by IdiotSavant on Fri Sep 16th, 2022 at 07:55:18 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Sep 16th, 2022 at 03:13:29 PM EST
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They seem quite eager to embrace EU principles.
by IdiotSavant on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 12:16:06 AM EST
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... eager to embrace EU principles $$$ billions."

Ukraine 🇺🇦 is a will be worse than Hungary 🇭🇺 , Romania 🇷🇴 and Poland 🇵🇱 put together!

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Country ranking Ukraine dropped from 117 to 122 in the year 2021.

CPI top-scoring countries sliding backwards

The CPI results over the past decade demonstrate that top-scoring countries have little to show for their efforts to protect the integrity of their own public sectors. For some, the 2021 CPI has even captured regression.

EU expansion and enhanced division between "Old" and "New" has led to the destruction of the EU founding principles. The EU with the stance of France and Germany ahead of the devastating Iraq War is gone ...

Above four countries were willing to be bribed into participating in the illegalities of the War on Terror ... sending soldiers and accepting CIA torture and detention and/or Pentagon modern arms and missile or anti-rocket batteries. [PL minister of defense Radosław Sikorski] The Long War of American aggression across Europe after World War II which intensified after the end of the USSR.

The government of Ukraine was an independent operator in arms and RE racketeering until the EU, acting as NATO's lead agent, made Viktor Yanukovich an offer he should not have refused

Related reading ...

Brave New World: Global Compliance and Business Risk Panorama After Russian Invasion in Ukraine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 07:28:49 AM EST
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Let's not forget Bulgaria, one of the most corrupt EU states.
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 05:17:40 PM EST
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or for the EU to sanction (and ultimately eject) members who depart from those principles

Unfortunately, the EU has no mechanism to expel misbehaving members against their will. Article 50 must be invoked by a member state - won't happen with Hungary, one of the largest net receivers of the EU budget.

The unanimity rule also allows member states to block important decisions and Orbán has known how to use this to deflect any threats to his gravy train.

Article 7 is also mostly toothless: it needs unanimity of all member states minus the accused one; so far Poland has been blocking actions against Hungary and vice versa. Interestingly enough, their diverging stance on Ukraine, to put it mildly, may end this de facto illiberal alliance. We'll see.

Things are still moving against Hungary, but at a glacial pace.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 05:16:07 PM EST
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How's that infringement victory coming along? Also, has the EC received any payments??
by Cat on Mon Sep 19th, 2022 at 05:26:16 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU gives Hungary an off-ramp on democratic norms, 22 Sep
intransparent has entered the room.
by Cat on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 02:32:32 PM EST
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