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Why Viktor Orbán can hope for money from Brussels

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A “Potemkinian reform”? Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had an anti-corruption package passed in parliament in Budapest.

(Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP)

Actually, Hungary’s authoritarian head of government should only get billions in European funding if he can show progress in the fight against corruption. The EU Commission has now certified it. MEPs are pissed – and threaten the President of the Commission.


Björn Finke, Cathrin Kahlweit and Josef Kelnberger, Brussels/Vienna

The European Parliament – a bunch of radical leftists who want to blackmail Hungary? Finnish MP Petri Sarvamaa from the Christian Democratic European People’s Party (EPP) said Viktor Orbán likes to paint this picture, but the Hungarian Prime Minister should not be mistaken: the EPP Group is also rock solid when it comes to fundamental European values.

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