The EU is defined, in its statutes, as a union of shared values, respecting democracy, freedom of the speech and the rule of law.
Yet, there are EU member countries such as Poland or Hungary that are increasingly undertaking reforms going against these principles – since 2014, major media and legal reforms have taken place.
The European Union seems to be afraid of sanctioning these countries beyond formal warnings – or at least, is very slow to do so. From the outside, it seems the EU doesn’t come up with a clear response. Here’s an insider’s view on where this impression comes from and what the EU is actually doing to sanction these countries.