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FILE -- Financed with European Union support, the gymnasium of the primary school on Sniadowo, Poland, Feb. 7, 2018. At stake in the coming E.U. budget process will be whether the money that richer states transfer to poorer ones — long seen as a means of democratizing former dictatorships — is instead enabling new ones, namely in Poland and Hungary. (Maciek Nabrdalik/The New York Times)