Why can’t the EU just throw out rotten apples like Hungary and Poland?

Many Europeans have had enough of the two nations’ blatant homophobia, but getting rid of them is complicated

05 July 2021 - 20:25 By Andreas Kluth

Tempers were flaring at a recent summit of the EU when Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, looked straight at Viktor Orban, his Hungarian counterpart, and said what everybody was thinking: If you don’t share our values, you should take Hungary out of the EU. 

Rutte’s unsubtle nudge to make a member state exit the club was also a reminder about one of the EU’s biggest design flaws. It has no mechanism to expel countries. This raises the question: When exactly should a bloc, club or organisation be able to throw members out?..

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