Defending the EU against “grand corruption”. Rule of law conditionality mechanism and Poland
Why the existing EU instruments have been unable to prevent the “grand corruption”? Why the risk increases significantly with the launch of the Recovery Fund? Piotr Bogdanowicz and Piotr Buras argue that
the prompt use of the rule of law conditionality mechanism is a necessary measure as the EU defends
itself against the exacerbation of “grand corruption” and “authoritarian equilibrium”
that threaten the future of the EU.
Is there any hope left for the conditionality Regulation?
Is the new mechanism to protect the rule of law in the EU a revolutionary weapon or paper tiger?
The rule of law conditionality: opportunities and challenges
Is the regulation that makes access to European funds conditional on respect for the rule of law and other EU values a revolutionary weapon or paper tiger?
Orbán wants to further restrict the independent media. Hungary is a warning to Poland
Fidesz’s media empire keeps pushing the message that the entire opposition and the mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karácsony are “rooting for coronavirus”, naming them as “the coalition of the death” – Edit Zgut on the media landscape and its prospects in Hungary
Former Polish diplomats call on the Law and Justice government to come to its senses and stop blocking EU budget
It is still not too late. We call on the Law and Justice government to come to its senses. They have driven to the brink of the abyss. Will they have the common sense to step back? Or will they jump, taking the whole country with them?
Why Hungary and Poland Block the EU Budget Deal
The Hungarian and Polish governments are united in defending their autocratizing political models, whatever it takes politically. However, there is also a significant difference between Poland and Hungary. While Poland is largely free from large-scale, systemic corruption plaguing EU funds, the Hungarian regime’s political-economic model is based on state-led, centralized corruption structures and the deliberate misuse of EU funds.
The government is preparing an attack on NGOs in Poland
The Ministry of the Environment has started work on a plan to disclose the financing of NGOs. In this plan, NGOs will be obliged to state that they are being financed from abroad. Laws like this already operate in Russia, Hungary, and Israel.
Wyrzykowski: 5 lessons from the constitutional reality in Poland and Hungary
“Thou shalt not be indifferent. The ghost of an authoritarian state stands at the door of your home. It will not knock on the door. It will come in uninvited. And it will stay a long time.” – reminds professor Mirosław Wyrzykowski, former judge of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland and an outstanding legal authority
The government approved a Polish candidate to the office of judge of the CJEU
I wonder where Poland, the fifth largest country of the European Union, would have been today had it not been for these lousy eight years
Public media in the pre-election period: responsibilities and facts
Public money, party campaign
Unequal elections. How PiS is mixing public and party interests to remain in power