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European security currently rests essentially on the NATO alliance and the principle of mutual defense, and on cooperation between national intelligence services working to prevent violence against people and national assets.Belatedly, European security services have also begun to focus on the threat that Russia poses to liberal democracy.In Hungary, where both Salvini and the American "alt-right" proselytizer Stephen Bannon have been welcomed with open arms by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Russian intelligence services have reportedly maintained close ties with far-right groups for years.While in office, Macierewicz's attempts to reorganize the army and Defense Ministry led Poland's NATO allies to question whether the country could be relied on to counter Russia.In all of these examples, far-right populists are not just causing friction between national intelligence services; they are successfully politicizing the very institutions and legal instruments upon which European security depends.Russian financing of European populist groups must be tracked and exposed, and its hybrid-war operations within the EU must be shut down.Europe needs its own FBI – a law-enforcement and counter-intelligence agency that can work across borders and alongside national-level authorities.
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