EU leaders — including Orbán and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki — agreed in September to tie the disbursement of EU funds to compliance with the rule of law. The conditionality is not automatic. To withhold funds, a qualified majority of fifteen out of 27 member states, representing 65 percent of the EU’s population, would need to agree (…) But if the proposal were meaningless, Orbán and Morawiecki wouldn’t be fighting it. They understand it could be used to rein them in — which is exactly why the rest of the EU must hold firm.Read More
European Views | The United Kingdom (UK) was confident its economy would prosper even without an agreed trade deal with the European Union (EU). UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quoted as saying in a statement that the UK will not accept any proposals in the negotiations that undermine its status as a sovereign, independent country.