Editorial View: EU must address crises beyond its borders

Distracted by internal issues such as coronavirus and Brexit, the bloc is ignoring dangerous developments to its south-east

11th October, 2020
Editorial View: EU must address crises beyond its borders
Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary, is flouting some of Europe’s core values, including the rule of law and the importance of a civil society free from political manipulation.

The European Union is consumed by some great internal challenges. One is Brexit, and another is Covid-19. A third is the shamelessness of Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary, whose transformation from democrat to obstreperous autocrat is almost complete.

The EU is rising to these challenges in different ways. It has summoned all of its institutional high-mindedness and negotiating heft to address Brexit, leaving the British outmanoeuvred and bewildered. It is ready...

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