Hungary Will Give Way to Tactical Pragmatism

Orbán's Veto Is Not About the Rule of Law, But About Elections

24 November 2020

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

The Hungarian veto will not stand in face of rule of law mechanisms linked with the EU’s next Multi-annual financial framework. Instead, Budapest will accede to an agreement that largely keeps Viktor Orbán’s nepotic practices intact and maintains his party’s dominance after parliamentary elections in 2022.

There is no doubt that Hungary is preparing to withdraw its ultimatum regarding the new long-term EU budget.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced in his weekly radio broadcast that “negotiations must move forward” and “at the end of the day we will reach an agreement, even though Hungary and Poland have blocked it.”

It is a tactical preparation by the Hungarians to change Budapest’s position in a dispute with other European capitals.

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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