E.U. rule-of-law report angers Hungary, Poland

It was issued the same day that E.U. diplomats preliminarily agreed to tie access to E.U. funds to respecting the rule of law, as negotiations on a $2.1 trillion E.U. spending package accelerate in the coming weeks. Defenders of principles such as an independent judiciary and a free press have long accused the European Unionof enabling illiberal leaders by failing to cut off the E.U. money that props them up.

“We are trying to open a new chapter in defending and promoting the rule of law in the E.U.,” said Vera Jourova, the bloc’s rule-of-law chief. “Deficiencies often merge into an undrinkable cocktail even if individual ingredients seem to be fine.”

The European Union was founded as a club of democracies, but it has struggled to intervene over the last decade as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban imposed stringent controls over the country’s judiciary, channeled public advertising funds to pro-government

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Poland Government Heads Further to the Right in New Lineup | World News

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling nationalists appear to have a taken a turn further towards the right with the appointment of two ultra-conservatives in their new government lineup, raising the prospect of renewed friction with the European Union.

After weeks of internal rows over jobs and policies such as women’s and LGBT rights, which threatened to break up the three-party Law and Justice (PiS) coalition, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is due to announce new posts later on Wednesday.

According to local media, the education ministry, at the heart of PiS’ efforts to instill more conservative values in public life, is expected to go to Przemyslaw Czarnek, 43, a lecturer at a Catholic university who has said gay people are “not equal to normal people”.

Speaking on Tuesday, Czarnek said schools should protect children from a moral and sexual revolution driven by “LGBT ideology”.

“We will not allow for children to

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Hungary and Poland to set up rule-of-law institute to counter EU attacks

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary and Poland will set up a joint institute to assess the state of rule of law across European Union member states so that they are “not taken for fools” over allegations of rule of law breaches, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Monday.

After meeting Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Budapest, Peter Szijjarto said an EU report on the rule of law, which will soon be discussed in Brussels, was expected to be a political statement, rather than any well-founded assessment.

“The aim of this institute of comparative law would be that we should not be taken for fools,” Szijjarto said, adding that he had “had enough of some western European politicians using us as a punchbag”.

The institute would examine how the rule of law was upheld across the EU, to avoid “double standards” being applied to Hungary and Poland, he said.

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Hungary and Poland to Set up Rule-Of-Law Institute to Counter EU Attacks | World News

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary and Poland will set up a joint institute to assess the state of rule of law across European Union member states so that they are “not taken for fools” over allegations of rule of law breaches, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Monday.

After meeting Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Budapest, Peter Szijjarto said an EU report on the rule of law, which will soon be discussed in Brussels, was expected to be a political statement, rather than any well-founded assessment.

“The aim of this institute of comparative law would be that we should not be taken for fools,” Szijjarto said, adding that he had “had enough of some western European politicians using us as a punchbag”.

The institute would examine how the rule of law was upheld across the EU, to avoid “double standards” being applied to Hungary and Poland, he said.

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