Will the Crisis Spur Hungary to Reform?

Plagued by political paralysis, Hungarians are paying dearly for an unreformed welfare state. But financial cold wind may bring change fast

It is a cliché that European integration moves from crisis to crisis—a bit like the construction of the Second Galactic Empire in Isaac Asimov's science fiction epic Foundation. New challenges are met by moves toward more integration because it makes sense. So the crises in the Balkans accelerated the construction of a common foreign and security policy for the European Union. EU enlargement led to the Treaty of Lisbon. The union itself was born out of the destruction of war. Crisis means opportunity.

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