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Misztal Joins 60 Experts on Alarm at Deteriorating Democracy in Europe

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Washington, D.C.– Bipartisan Policy Center national security experts stand with more than 60 foreign policy experts and former officials in calling attention to the deterioration of democratic principles in some of our NATO and European allies, which poses a direct national security threat to the United States.

“We have come together out of alarm that the erosion of democratic principles and weakening of democratic institutions among some of our European allies is putting at risk U.S. peace, security, and prosperity,” the Statement of Principles says.

The bipartisan statement will be sent to members of Congress and the administration in the hope that U.S. leaders focus on the disturbing trends against democratic principles occurring in countries like Hungary and Poland.

“As long as we share the same commitment to freedom, we will stand shoulder to shoulder against common global threats. As European democracies founder, undermined both by internal forces and hostile powers such as Russia, U.S. security and interests also suffer,” Blaise Misztal, director of national security at BPC, said. “The United States cannot stay complacent while some of our European allies are tearing apart the democratic principles that hold us together.”