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Stefan Lehne

About Stefan Lehne

Stefan Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states. From 2009–2011, he served as director general for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs. Prior to that position, he served the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union as director for the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. He has an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School on Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, JD, University of Vienna

Defending EU Values in Poland and Hungary

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After years of heating up, the EU’s values crisis is close to boiling point. Defiance of core EU principles by the governments in Warsaw and Budapest is turning into a political crisis. The European Commission has taken legal action against both governments for violating specific EU laws and is threatening to go further on Poland. The European Parliament supports this course and is preparing further action against Hungary. But the Hungarian and Polish governments will feel the heat only if political leaders of the EU’s other member states get actively involved. Continue reading Defending EU Values in Poland and Hungary