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Eastern EU’s Capitals Join Forces Against Populist Leaders

  • Mayors of Budapest, Prage, Warsaw, Bratislava meet in Hungary
  • City leaders to lobby together for direct access to EU funding
The mayors of the capitals of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, from left, Zdenek Hrib of Prague, Gergely Karacsony of Budapest, Matus Vallo of Bratislava, and Rafal Trzaskowski of Warsaw, pose after they signed the Pact of Free Cities in Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 16, 2019. 

The mayors of the capitals of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, from left, Zdenek Hrib of Prague, Gergely Karacsony of Budapest, Matus Vallo of Bratislava, and Rafal Trzaskowski of Warsaw, pose after they signed the Pact of Free Cities in Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 16, 2019. 

Photographer: Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP

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The mayors of four eastern European capitals formed a “pact of free cities” as enclaves of resistance against nationalist central governments that have reshaped the European Union’s eastern wing.

The liberal-leaning mayors from Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Bratislava met in Hungary’s capital on Monday to sign a pact to protect common values, including “freedom, human dignity, democracy, equality, rule of law, social justice, tolerance and cultural diversity.”