Hungary and the EU: a troubled relationship
The EU’s institutions are fuelling an anti-EU sentiment that is a gift for the far right.
Few would contest the proposition that relations between Hungary and several of the EU institutions are troubled, arguably even deeply troubled. There is a certain tendency to see the Hungarian government as overwhelmingly or even solely responsible, but everyone knows that in a two-way relationship, both parties play a role when it deteriorates. The Hungarian-EU relationship is no exception.
There seems to be a well-established view in some parts of the European Commission that Hungary under its Fidesz government has become a tiresome member state, that it is constantly breaking the formal and the informal rules of EU membership. This attitude seems so deeply engrained that in the eyes of some, it no longer needs any proof, but has become a starting assumption.