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Democracy Digest: Irony Alive and Well in Poland and Hungary

Ten member states as well as the European Commission itself will be opposing the Warsaw-Budapest tandem, who argue that the definition of the rule of law is too vague and the mechanism merely replicates the already ongoing Article 7 procedure, but gives Brussels more room for manoeuvre while also scrapping the right of veto by member states.

First trip to Brussels

Schallenberg will hold talks with the EU leadership in Brussels today.
With this visit, he wants to show that he is a "convinced European" and that he has a pro-European attitude.
In Brussels, he will meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as well as EU Council President Charles Michel.

Merkel says Turkey plays central role in combating illegal migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that Turkey plays a central role for the European Union (EU) in the fight against illegal migration to Europe, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Oct. 12.

Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper reported remarks by Merkel on Turkey while she visited the Institute for National Security Studies in Jerusalem.

Ursula von der Leyen in Belgrade

Von der Leyen will stay in Serbia for two days, while on Thursday she will meet with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
President of the European Commission began her Balkan tour with a visit to Tirana on Tuesday, ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Summit on October 6th. After Tirana, von der Leyen also visited North Macedonia.