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Veto on EU Financial Package: EU Core Values Deserve Clear Message

Last Monday, Hungary and Poland blocked the EU’s historic financial package of 1.82 trillion euros. The right-wing nationalist governments of the two countries want to prevent the rule of law compliance conditionality in the distribution of EU funds. Meanwhile, the recently declared “State of Danger” in Hungary is being used by the government to amend the constitution again under the pretext of the Corona pandemic and to govern by decree. The new draft laws restrict the rights of LGBTI persons, undermine the transparency of expenditure of state funds and reduce the influence of opposition parties in the next parliamentary elections.

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EU Affairs Security & Defence

EU Budget 2021-2027: What’s in It for Europe’s Defence?

The EU budget for 2021-2027 for the first time includes a security and defence section. Although this signals an increased willingness to commit to joint EU defence initiatives, the potential of the budget remains limited (for now).

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EU Affairs Security & Defence

European Defence Policy: Trimming the Lighthouses

EU Plans to Save Money on Defence

 

The current drafts for the next EU budget radically cut back funding for the European Defence Fund and military mobility. This threatens both the European Union’s ability to act globally as well as its credibility.