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EU Funds Tied to Respect for the Rule of Law

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Click to expand Image European Union flags are waving in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. August 5, 2020. © 2020 Laurie Dieffembacq (Sipa via AP Images) Last week the EU Council – represented by Germany as current chair of the bloc – the Parliament and the Commission, reached a landmark agreement on the details of a new mechanism that makes EU funding conditional on respect for the rule of law. This means governments that dismantle their judiciary and erode institutional checks and balance could lose money. This is, in itself, a breakthrough. The Council…


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