Judicial Reform in Eastern Europe

While Eastern Europe’s quarrel with Brussels does not receive the same press attention as issues such as Brexit, the parties’ inability to reach a solution is nevertheless geopolitically significant. Sparked by a refusal to provide refuge for Syrian migrants and perpetuated through policy and rhetoric that challenges the judicial principles of the European Union (EU), the Visegrad nations (Poland, Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia) have alienated themselves from their counterparts in Western Europe. The rigidity of countries such as Poland and Hungary has not only tested the patience of the EU governing body, but also the very framework of the Union. The way in which the EU handles the Visegrad countries will set a precedent and define the amount of freedom member states will have with their sovereignty for generations ahead.