22 July 2021
24 November 2020
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.