Between legality and compromise. Lessons Learned from the EU’s Budget Blockade


Tuesday, 13 April, 6 pm. - 7.30 pm.


  • Katalin Cseh MEP, Vice Chair, Renew Europe Group, European Parliament

  • Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz, Professor of European Law, University of Gdańsk

  • Andreas Nick MdB, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Head of the German Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, CDU/CSU, German Bundestag

  • Franziska Brantner MdB, Spokeswoman for European Policy and parliamentary whip for the parliamentary group of Bündnis90/Die Grünen, German Bundestag


Anna Delius, Project Manager and Fellow, Hertie Foundation

Daniel Hegedüs, Fellow for Central Europe, German Marshall Fund of the United States

EU politics in 2020 were highlighted by the Union’s historical recovery package triggered by the COVID-19 epidemic and the negotiations of the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF). The Hungarian and Polish blockade however, put the European Union at the of edge of an institutional crisis. It made hardly deniable that the real cleavage that threatens EU unity does not run between East and West or old and new member states, but between a majority committed to democratic rules and certain national governments pursuing an illiberal and autocratizing agenda. Furthermore, the blockade also demonstrated that the above division has been only camouflaged and deepened and not bridged by the EU’s appeasing approach in the past years.

What are the most important lessons learned of the recent rule of law and budget blockade for the European Union? How should the Germany proceed whose federal government and diplomacy has not only played a pivotal role in forging the budget compromise, but also in the escalation of Europe’s rule of law crisis? How can compliance with EU values and equal rights of EU citizens safeguarded in all member states? How can EU decision-making be protected from similar attempts of extortion? And how may the new European political realities impact opposition strategies in autocratizing member states?

The Hertie fellows’ network Democracy is Central is pleased to invite you to an online event and discussion that examines the current crisis through a Central and Eastern European prism. The event has been organized in cooperation with both, the Hertie Foundations’ fellows & friends network and with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. If you wish to join the Democracy is Central network or if you would like to receive more information on the network, please do not hesitate to contact Anna Delius (


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The event will be held in English but questions can be asked in German, too.


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