Hungary’s would-be PM — Rule-of-law ripples — German coalition talks

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We talk to Péter Márki-Zay, the man chosen by Hungarian opposition parties to take on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Also in this episode, we have an update on the EU’s rule-of-law battle and get you up to speed on talks to form a new German government.

As EU leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss everything from energy to trade, they couldn’t escape another topic dominating the headlines: the recent Polish court ruling that challenged the legal bedrock of their union. POLITICO’s Rym Momtaz joins Andrew Gray to explain how the ruling is being used by mainstream candidates vying to be the next French president to bash the bloc and assert France’s national sovereignty.

And POLITICO’s Matthew Karnitschnig brings us the latest on efforts to form a new German government by the center-left Social Democrats, the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats.

Then we meet Péter Márki-Zay, selected by an alliance of opposition parties in Hungary to be their candidate for prime minister in a parliamentary election next spring. POLITICO’s Lili Bayer caught up with Márki-Zay at a campaign rally in Budapest.

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