Europe now – Poland and Hungary: in the shadow of war in Ukraine


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For the latest edition of Europe Now, we’re heading to Poland and Hungary. Both of these EU members border Ukraine and have both hosted large numbers of Ukrainian refugees. But on more political issues, their governments’ responses to the war were radically different. Our team meets with lawmakers from all political walks of life in both countries to find out why the Polish and Hungarian governments have taken such different positions. We also explore other key issues, such as the ever-expanding EU files on rule of law downgrades.

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In Poland, we meet Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz; Radek Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs (European People’s Party); Róża Thun, Member of the European Parliament (Renew Europe group); and Agata Kluczewska, president of the Wolno Nam Foundation in Krakow.

UKTN is also talking to Hungarian MEPs Balazs Hidvéghi (Fidesz Party) and Katalin Cseh (Renew Europe Group) to explore key issues, such as growing EU concern over the deterioration of the rule of law in both countries.

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In Poland, our correspondent Magda Chowdownik meets Ukrainian refugees trying to rebuild their lives.

And in Hungary, our reporter Luke Brown criss-crosses the country to ask how Prime Minister Viktor Orban was re-elected, while examining concerns about corruption and human rights abuses that plague European policymakers.

Show presented by Catherine Nicholson, produced by Johan Bodin, filmed on location by Pierre Lemarinier, with Luke Brown.

In partnership with the European Union. The action was co-financed by the European Union under the European Parliament’s grants program in the field of communication. The European Parliament has not been associated with its preparation and is in no way responsible or bound by the information or opinions expressed within the framework of this action. In accordance with applicable law, authors, interviewees, publishers or broadcasters of programs are solely responsible. The European Parliament cannot also be held liable for any direct or indirect damage which may result from the implementation of the action.

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