The EP vote could in theory lead to sanctions under Article 7 of the EU Treaty (TEU). An 'illiberal state' has emerged in Hungary since 2010, profoundly and durably modifying the functioning of the political system, entrenching the power of the ruling Fidesz party and weakening the opposition.
- Fidesz will renew its strong majority in the 2018 elections and further consolidate its power in years to come.
- Member states are unlikely to agree on the deep reform of EU rule of law procedures that would allow a systematic response.
- Neighbouring states and candidate countries are likely to drift increasingly away from the liberal model.