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EU’s awkward squad: Hungary backs Poland in rule of law dispute with Brussels

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C) and Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R) at a 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw. Photo: JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

In a further sign of the populist governments in Hungary and Poland forming an ‘awkward squad’ within the European Union, the Hungarian parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of supporting Poland in its fight with Brussels over the rule of law in the country.

Why it matters: This move by the Hungarian parliament, which passed by an overwhelming margin, could scupper the European Commission’s efforts to bring the recalcitrant Poland to heel. Triggering the Article 7 — the unprecedented “nuclear option” that could lead to the loss of Poland’s EU voting rights — requires the support of all the other 27 member states, including Hungary.