Hungary and Poland are not seeking illiberal democracy. They are sliding toward authoritarianism under a false presentation of the majority will.
NATO isn’t providing the security the Polish government has long wanted. Warsaw is not sure the Trump administration will either.
To protect the rule of law, the European Commission and EU member states need to change the way they talk to Poland.
European countries want a stronger foreign and defense policy, but they still don’t share a common threat perception.
Poland’s conservative government is squandering all the gains the country made since the overthrow of the communist regime in 1989.
European integration is being challenged by countries that yearned to rejoin a Europe based on unity and liberal democracy.
A dispute about the different interpretations of their common past is poisoning relations between Poland and Ukraine in ways that benefit Russia.
The Polish government pours a lot of scorn on the EU, but Warsaw can ill afford to turn its back on what the West stands for.
If Italy and Poland developed a strategic consensus and acted accordingly, it would be a revolution for European defense.
The EU could do far more to support civil society activists and nongovernmental organizations that have come under increasing pressure from Warsaw and Budapest.