As soon as the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed on 10 September that Hungary’s former Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi was her proposed Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, alarm bells began sounding from EU accession aspirant countries in the Western Balkans as well as many human rights NGOs and key civil society actors in the region.

Trocsanyi is seen by EU critics as one of the major actors in undermining the justice system during the ...

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