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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (l) with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán (Photo: Hungarian government website)

Israel is still 'functioning democracy', EU says

Israel is still a functional democracy and no sanctions are foreseen, the EU has said, amid mounting concern on its new rightwing government's abuse of rule of law.

"At this stage there is a lively domestic political discussion about the issue in Israel," the EU foreign service told EUobserver on Tuesday (14 February), referring to recent protests in Israel against proposed judicial reforms.

"Israel is a democratic country with functioning democratic institutions and it is not f...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (l) with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán (Photo: Hungarian government website)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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