EU heavyweights face a showdown with Hungary this week over the granting of billions in aid to Ukraine and the possibility of starting accession negotiations – both key goals for Kiev as the war with Russia stalls.
Securing new financial aid from Europe is crucial as doubts grow about future U.S. support for Kiev, which relies on Western financial aid for its war with Russia.
“We are at a crucial moment,” a senior EU official said, citing a stalemate on the battlefield and the U.S. Congress’s failure to approve President Joe Biden’s $60 billion aid package for Ukraine .
Europe’s own credibility is also at stake, as the bloc had previously vowed to stand by Ukraine for as long as necessary.
What Orbán wants
Orbán is no newcomer to causing a stir in the European Union.
Financial and military aid
Although Orbán is the loudest critic of greater support for Ukraine, a ruling by Germany’s constitutional court last month further complicated EU talks by blowing a huge hole in the budget of its richest member.
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