Values and rights, rule of law, security
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The EU should enforce the obligation to respect the Rule of Law within its borders
To have any credibility when addressing foreign countries regarding issues of human rights violations, curbs on the freedom of speech and press, democracy and more, the EU must ensure that its Member States meet minimum standards on these fronts too. Current concerns about rule of law infringements are simply being brushed off as 'national matters'. If this continues, how can the EU assume authority to promote democracy abroad? More strict and enforceable minimum standards must be introduced, under clear increasing penalties for non-compliance. If shared values and democracy are indeed a requisite to be a part of the EU, then continued adherence should be a precondition to remain a part of it.
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