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A meeting between Viktor Orban and Emmanuel Macron to defuse the impending crisis

A meeting between Viktor Orban and Emmanuel Macron to defuse the impending crisis

Conflicts with Brussels are not new, and Viktor Orbán has the possibility to block decisions of the European Council, as a consensus of twenty-seven is required.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on July 11, 2023 in Vilnius (Lithuania).  (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP)

Emmanuel Macron will receive Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Paris on Thursday, the Elysée announced on Tuesday, December 5. A meeting aimed at finding a compromise ahead of the European summit on December 14 and 15. Amid rising tensions between Budapest and Brussels, the Hungarian leader is threatening to sabotage the upcoming European Council.

Topics on the menu for this meeting include: “Threads of European Support for Ukraine”. The French President declared. A spokesman for the head of the Hungarian government confirmed the visit to the private channel ATV, without providing further details.

Viktor Orbán, the only European leader to maintain close ties with the Kremlin after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine, called for the postponement of two key decisions for Ukraine, 50 billion euros in budget support and the start of EU accession talks. . Since a consensus of twenty-seven is required, Hungarians have the option of blocking only the decisions of the European Council.

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