In Poland, as well as across the EU, we witness a battle between these two narratives. Depending on which of them prevails, EU countries and institutions may choose to react more or less firmly to the Polish challenge – with lasting consequences for the EU’s future shape.
The selection of a lead opposition candidate in Hungary is a promising sign for the strength of democracy in Europe. Democrats throughout the EU should lend their support to restoring the rule of law.
What steps can the EU take to defend its legal order and protect the authority of the CJEU?
By engaging with the Strategic Compass, Poland can help ensure that the EU’s defence initiatives complement those of NATO and develop in line with Polish interests
A planned ‘coronavirus tax’ on revenues and attacks on foreign-owned media threaten to cut away democracy piece by piece
A populist alliance in the European Parliament may prove unworkable because of the parties’ diverging global outlooks
Much of the world is glad to move on from Trump – but Poles may still be hankering after earlier times
Party politics drove Poland’s threat to veto a wildly popular recovery fund that promises to have significant economic benefits for Polish voters
The populists of Budapest and Warsaw are blackmailing the EU over the rule of law. They cannot be allowed to succeed.