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The Polish government left humiliated, and Tusk – with the support of 27 out of 28 EU governments – was re-elected to serve another term.The EU needs to stop hoping that the situation will resolve itself and start defending liberal democracy in Poland before it is too late.Toward that end, the EU should take a two-pronged approach.According to official European Commission figures, Poland has been allocated 86 billion euros ($93 billion) in funds, through 24 different national and regional programs, for the 2014-2020 period.More broadly, the EU must develop a more effective framework for protecting liberal democracy and promoting adherence to European values within the EU.It is absurd that the EU now has instruments to enforce everything from competition policy to policing, but not to protect its core liberal-democratic tenets. The EU must take action now, not to punish the proud people of Poland, but to protect one of its founding principles.
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