Skip to content

EU Prepares to Cut Billions in Funds to Anti-Democratic Members

  • Brussels may block payments to Poland and Hungary in February
  • Poland could miss out on 130 billion euros in budget payments
The Polish Supreme Court.

The Polish Supreme Court.

Source: SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The European Union may move in a matter of weeks to punish countries that don’t uphold the bloc’s democratic standards by withholding emergency pandemic aid as well as payments from the EU’s trillion-euro budget.

Poland, which has clashed with the EU on multiple rule-of-law fronts, stands to miss out on more than 130 billion euros ($149 billion) from the bloc’s seven-year budget. Hungary could lose more than 40 billion euros.