“Protecting the Rule of Law in the EU”, Natasha Wunsch (Sciences Po, France)

Natasha Wunsch, Assistant Professor of European Integration/Political Science at Sciences Po Paris, has contributed to IEP Berlin’s #BerlinPerspectives series.

The European Council summit in July 2020 offered a stark illustration of the EU’s traditional dilemma: to reach consensus among 27 member states on sensitive issues generally implies agreeing upon the lowest common denominator. This time, the heads of state and government arguably achieved even less. On the crucial conditionality regime to be introduced to protect the EU’s budget and to sanction member states violating the rule of law, the summit’s conclusions are so vague that all sides have been able to claim victory on the issue. This results in ongoing uncertainty that risks jeopardizing the successful adoption of the latest Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

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