With the veto, Hungary and Poland are concerned with more than money

The front lines in the dispute over the budget and the rule of law mechanism have hardened. Displaced conflicts break out in Warsaw, Budapest and Brussels.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a meeting with his counterpart Viktor Orban (left) in September.

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There are hefty accusations that are currently flying back and forth between Brussels, Warsaw and Budapest. There has been talk of blackmail and betrayal since the East Central Europeans blocked the EU budget for the next seven years and the Corona aid with their vetoes. It’s about a lot of money: 1.8 trillion euros. The Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary also use problematic historical analogies: The rule of law has become a means of cornering the weak members of the European Union, said Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday evening. “We Poles know the use of such propaganda clubs from communism very well.” Viktor Orban even believes that the EU could become a “second Soviet Union”.

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