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The European Union has some clout, but it can't change public opinion.
European Parliament president Martin Schulz says, that the same process is now at work in the Commission's dealings with Hungary. "The European Union will continue to exert a major force for democratic and economic change in Eastern Europe."
The question that hangs over Schulz and other pro-Europeans is, What if the democratic will of many in the eastern borderlands is racist and xenophobic? What can be done then?