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Petra Bard on the “Orban Method”

The European Commission can act only when financial interests of the Union are at stake, our Research Affiliate Petra Bard said to Het Financieele Dagblad.

The article covers Hungary’s isolation in the EU, and how the authoritarian regime of Viktor Orban jeopardized EU billions for the country. Petra Bard sees a “scenario in which Budapest pretends to implement Brussels' wishes, and Brussels pretends to be strictly acting.”

A few weeks ago the Hungarian Parliament rushed to approve a series of judicial changes requested by Brussels, she argued, but it’s still a question whether it would be enough for the EU.

Read the full article (in Dutch, subscription may be required) here.

Cover photo: European Union / Peter Kohalmi
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