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

Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Board at the Res Publica Foundation. His expertise includes European politics and political culture. Previously, he has been the editor-in-chief of Eurozine - a Vienna based magazine with a European network of cultural journals, and a Polish quarterly Res Publica Nowa. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017.

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