THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: When the nuclear option fails – Von der Leyen’s rule of law instruments vs political realities

As part of her efforts to secure a cross-party majority in the European Parliament, the president of the new European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, promised action to improve the European Union’s policing of the rule of law. The pledge reflected the deficit of effective instruments that the bloc has its disposal to sanction problem countries.

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