Hungary is withdrawing its support for Ukraine from the EU: threats do not stop "Putin's friend"
Hungary is actively opposing Ukraine: it is blocking the EU's 50 billion euros in aid to the country and is also resisting the start of negotiations on the country's accession to the European Union. At the same time, the Hungarian authorities, primarily represented by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is labeled "Putin's friend," seem not only unafraid of retaliatory actions by the EU (such as the suspension of EU funding) but also inspired to continue the confrontation.
Bloomberg analysts talk about this. They state: that Orban is a catalyst for other disruptors of the European order, "from the new government in Slovakia to the far right in the Netherlands, which is seeking to form a Cabinet."
"The reality for the EU is that, unlike the nationalists in Poland, the threats have emboldened rather than weakened the Hungarian leader. And the signs of this, on the eve of the decisive EU summit (at which a decision may be made to start negotiations with Ukraine on accession - Ed.), can be seen everywhere," the article emphasizes.
It also reminds us that last year the EU suspended funding for Hungary by more than $30 billion, expecting that this would force Orban to obey the rules of the Union. Moreover, now everything is going to the point where the country's authorities "fulfill the initial set of conditions" - and the Union may unfreeze about a third of the blocked funds shortly.
However, it seems that the problem will not be solved globally. After all, there are virtually no signs that Orban will curtail his "ten-year campaign against liberal democracy."
"Orban, who is closest to Russian President Putin of all the EU leaders ... has mastered the art of fulfilling formal EU requirements without threatening his power. ... the EU has achieved nothing," the authors of the article summarize.
At the same time, the article emphasizes that perhaps the main problem is that "the EU can only superficially resort to legal threats." Therefore, the best way out of the situation for the union is to "become tougher."
As reported by OBOZ.UA, meanwhile, Hungary's ruling Fidesz party submitted a resolution to the parliament calling on the government not to support the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. Prior to that, the country's authorities announced that they planned to veto the approval of a record-breaking €50 billion in EU financial assistance to Ukraine until 2027.