Op-Ed: “You can’t fight autocracy with toothless reports” by R. Daniel Kelemen
On September 30, with one democracy under its guard already burned to the ground and another in the midst of a three-alarm fire, the European Commission published an obscurantist treatise on the importance of fire safety and on warning signs of fire risk. I am referring of course to the Commission’s first annual Rule of Law Report.
The report is the culmination of a Blueprint for Action on strengthening the rule of law in the EU published by the Commission in July 2019. In that plan, the Commission announced it would establish a new, annual Rule of Law Review Cycle or mechanism, including an annual Report, which would promote an ongoing dialogue between EU institutions, member governments and stakeholders on the rule of law. The s