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– We must stand against madness – Dagsavisen

The news agency quoted Orban as saying that Hungary must change the European Union, not leave it Reuters.

The Hungarian Prime Minister believes that the European Union should send money and weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russia and Vladimir Putin, which is a failed strategy.

– Question about Ukraine’s membership in the European Union is not prepared well enough. “We will stand against all the madness and all the illusions surrounding the war in Ukraine,” the Hungarian news agency quoted the Hungarian prime minister as saying at his Fidesz party conference before the weekend.

Ukraine is light years away

Next December, the twenty-seven member states of the European Union are scheduled to decide whether Ukraine will be formally invited to talks on joining the European Union. But Orban believes the EU made a complete mistake when it opened up Ukraine as a potential member.

– One of our tasks will be to correct this error. For Ukraine, EU membership is a long way off, Orban says.

At the internal level in the European Union, there is a fear that the Prime Minister of Hungary will stick a stick in the wheels. Such decisions in the Union require everyone’s approval.

– Ukraine is in no way ready to negotiate membership in the European Union. Orban added that Hungary does not want to start such negotiations AP.

Recently, security policy expert Patrik Oksanen from the think tank Freefarld spoke to Swedish Express That Viktor OrbánHorse dealer» With Russian President Vladimir Putin, he runs a double game between Russia, NATO, and the European Union.

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Orban upsets the European Union

Tobias Schumacher is Professor of European Studies at NTNU and Vice-President of REDEMOS, an international research project on EU support for democracy in Eastern Europe. He agrees with Oksanin’s views.

– But in a sense, Orbán being a nuisance is a bit old news. The Eastern Europe expert told Dagsavisen that he often played the role of someone who spoils the EU’s foreign policy plans, and that was the case for a while.

On the other hand, the Prime Minister of Hungary never took seriously his anti-EU rhetoric regarding the EU’s sanctions on Russia. Schumacher indicated that he knew he would be able to harm Hungary in several ways.

EU Plan B

Several sources told Reuters that the European Union has a plan ready if Hungary vetoes increased aid to Ukraine in December.

Specifically, the union proposed expanding Ukraine’s budget to help them pay salaries and other expenses.

If Orban and Hungary oppose each other, other member states will increase bilateral support for Ukraine. In total, the amount would be the same as the European Union’s proposal, according to sources Reuters spoke to.

Last year, Hungary vetoed a similar proposal to increase aid to Ukraine, but after several months of tinkering, it gave the green light.

Facts about Viktor Orbán

  • Hungarian politician (60). Prime Minister from 1998 to 2002 and since 2010. He was re-elected for a fourth term in 2022.
  • He graduated in law from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.
  • Born on May 31, 1963. Married with five children.
  • He began his political career as a student leader in anti-communist demonstrations in 1989.
  • He founded the right-wing populist and nationalist conservative Fidesz party in 1988 and has led the party ever since.
  • In the 2010 elections, Fidesz won a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, giving the party the power to make constitutional amendments.
  • The opposition accused Orban of undermining democracy through a series of controversial legislative changes.
  • Orban’s government has often been in conflict with the European Union.
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(Source: NTB)

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