Hungary’s One-way Ticket to the EU: Hungary and the Copenhagen Criteria

Co-Authored with Lise Esther Herman. Originally Published by Books and Ideas : 10 April 2014. Link to PDF of article HERE giving bibliographic references and footnotes.

Although its action tends to be perceived as undemocratic by fellow EU member states, Hungary’s right-wing conservative party Fidesz has just been confirmed in power by a large majority. Hungary has become a test case for the Copenhagen Criteria, according to which the stability of democratic institutions is a condition for EU accession, but not for continued EU membership.

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Hungary versus Europe

First Posted 8 July 2013 by Policy Network

By Erin Marie Saltman and Lise Herman

What does the European Union do about a member state that has recently been referred to as the ‘cancer in the middle of Europe’?

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