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9th Dec 2021

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Showdowns over the rule of law

  • Mehreen Khan of the Financial Times talks about the EU's latest showdown with Poland and Hungary (Photo: Helena Malikova)

Brussels is increasingly expected to serve as the European Union's sheriff on rule of law.

But its ability to enforce adherence to democratic norms and values remains weak.

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Mehreen Khan of the Financial Times talks about the EU's latest showdown with Poland and Hungary. She also discusses illiberal trends in France and her own brush with the country's newly restrictive climate for free expression.

Politics expert Garvan Walshe talks about his latest pro-democracy project, a news site called article7.eu that's dedicated to tracking rule of law issues in Europe.

This episode of EU Scream is sponsored by Google. The pandemic has hit European small and medium sized businesses hard. That's why Google is offering free tools and training to help businesses in Europe grow. For more information go to g.co/growwithgoogle.

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EU Scream is the progressive politics podcast from Brussels. Produced by James Kanter with graphics by Helena Malikova and music by Lara Natale.

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