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1. With @EUCouncil #GAC finally debating #Article7 procedure about democratic backsliding in Hungary, time for thread about my forthcoming @jepp_journal article on why EU tolerates autocratic member states: "The European Union's Authoritarian Equilibrium" papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
2. Building on my earlier work & drawing on literature on 'subnational authoritarianism', the new paper explores why the EU, which professes a commitment to liberal democracy, has allowed some member governments to backslide toward competitive authoritarianism.
3. I argue EU has become trapped in an “authoritarian equilibrium” underpinned by 3 factors. 1st, (as I've written before) EU’s half-baked system of party politics & ingrained reluctance to interfere in domestic politics of members shield national autocrats from EU intervention
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#Article7 proceedings against Hungary update: The mysterious Council Legal Service (CLS) opinion – a short story in 4 Acts

cc @Verfassungsblog @judithineuropa @Claude_Moraes
@Verfassungsblog @judithineuropa @Claude_Moraes Act I: having activated Article 7(1) TEU against Hungary last September, @Europarl_EN (EP) formally requested last October to be involved in the same way Commission is involved in Polish Article 7(1) file as Article 7(1) activating authority
@Verfassungsblog @judithineuropa @Claude_Moraes @Europarl_EN Act II: It was reported by @eszterz that EP’s formal involvement was refused on back of a CLS opinion finding that such involvement would (allegedly) be incompatible with EU Treaties: euobserver.com/political/1433…
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I have been arguing for a long time that the EU, and particularly the EPP, should stand up to Viktor Orbán, but I feel nevertheless conflicted on triggering #Article7 - let me explain. #Thread theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
1. Although triggering Article 7 does not mean kicking Hungary out of EU (more below), it is starting with the "nuclear option".
2. Orbán and Fidesz have been creating an "illiberal state" since regaining power in 2010. That is 8 years of undermining checks and balances, recreating institutions and filling them with cronies, and creating a kleptocracy on Russian model.
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Recently released new #Article7 @EUCouncil document in which Polish government's dishonest explanations accompany a misleading Powerpoint - doubt Council members have ever been confronted with such obviously deceitful material/behaviour before
@EUCouncil I mean come on... The Polish government's White Paper contradicts (not to mention multiple public statements made) the Polish government's "explanations" given to Council members
@EUCouncil No doubt community of judges/legal professionals will be impressed by original points made by Polish gov's legal eagles whereby judgments can be effective without being implemented or published but not enforced because of a Gov "annotation" denying their lawful/binding nature...
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Just finished reading the Polish government’s non-paper on “judiciary regulations” revealed and critically analysed by @oko_press last Friday: oko.press/praworzadnosc-…

Thread (possibly long) to follow

#Poland #RuleofLaw #Article7
2/ My diagnosis in a nutshell: so-called "non-paper" is as ridiculously misleading as so-called “white paper” on so-called “reform” of Polish judiciary from last March



#TakingUsForFools (version 2.0)
3/ The silver lining: @TimmermansEU did not fall for so-called “changes” & “concessions” or "compromises" offered by Polish authorities which can be *at best* described as cosmetic or meaningless
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Re #RuleofLaw in #Poland: Just finished reading Polish government’s "White Paper on the Reform of the Polish Judiciary"

My head hurts from amount of nonsense spread over 94 pages I had to read but will nonetheless attempt a (possibly long) thread on it
1/ Preliminary point: This is not a "White Paper" but attempt to justify/whitewash a posteriori “reforms” which are however nothing but a set of rushed, interconnected and unconstitutional attacks on Polish judiciary: verfassungsblog.de/was-the-commis…

#ResistDoubleSpeak
2/ Key point: @TimmermansEU of @EU_Commission demanded *implementation* of its recommendations by 20 March but Polish gov arguing nothing to implement as no problems whatsoever only misunderstandings...

#TakingUsforFools
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The #EU decision to trigger "nuclear option" #article7 against Poland is extremely awkward for UK and bad news for a deeply divided EU leadership that lost its head when Macron got elected. A 1/thread

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/2…
First. The problem for Mrs May, both immediate and longer term.

1. The UK has invested huge amount of diplomatic capital in expanding UK-Polish relationship after #Brexit

German MEP on recent visit said Polish officials joking about sheer number of UK ministers who visited/2
They sent 150 Lightdragoons for Nato trip-wire, started Belvedere Forum and even deployed heavy weaponry (Wills n Kate) in the Summer.

Tomorrow May, Hammond and Boris all going. A PM, Fgn Sec and Chancellor in one hit. That's serious diplomatic love. /3
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