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Hungary’s Move: Willing To Unblock on Ukraine Aid for a Price!

Hungary’s government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has indicated a strategic shift in its EU-Ukraine policy, potentially impacting the EU’s critical support for Ukraine.

Orban’s Political Gambit

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Hungary’s top political advisor, Balazs Orban, revealed a new course of EU-Ukraine policy, potentially unblocking a major EU aid package for Ukraine.

The EU’s 50 Billion Euro Dilemma

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Hungary’s disapproval of the EU’s four-year, 50 billion euro Ukraine aid deal has put the EU’s 2023 consensus on Ukraine’s support at a crossroads.

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The EU-Hungary Financial Standoff

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Balazs Orban, the prime minister’s close advisor, has made it clear that Hungary’s role in the EU’s Ukraine aid hinges on the EU’s role in Hungary’s own budget.

How The Issues Got Linked

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Balazs told Bloomberg that “Hungary’s EU funding and Ukraine’s financing are two separate issues, but if the EU insists that Ukraine’s financing should come from an amended EU budget, then the two issues become linked.”

Hungary’s Suggested Compromise

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Hungary’s new plan? A year-by-year Ukraine aid model, with which Hungary would be willing to play along instead.

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The 10 Billion Euro Twist

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Reports came around December 8th that the European Commission had decided to unlock 10 billion euros for Hungary

Political Drama

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Coming in the midst of the EU’s disapproval of Hungary’s role in the EU’s Ukraine plan, it added a new level of political drama.

‘Unfortunate’ Take

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Sources from within the European Commission revealed that the move to release the 10 billion euros was unrelated but had ‘unfortunate’ timing.

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Damage Had Been Done

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However, the damage had been done. It had caused the media to make a connection with Hungary’s ‘blackmailing’ role being a game-changer.

Hungary’s 30 Billion Euro Chase

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Hungary’s real game? The country’s real quest is for the 30 billion euros in the EU’s full, unblocked support.

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Hungary’s Take

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Hungary’s long-standing disapproval of the EU’s take on the Russia-Ukraine conflict has been a thorn in the EU’s flesh on the issue since the beginning of the way.

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