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Macron-Orban: the dinner that tenses up

2023-12-07T12:09:54.047Z

Highlights: Emmanuel Macron will host Viktor Orban at the Élysée Palace on Thursday. The aim is to convince the Hungarian leader to lift his veto on two major decisions in favour of Ukraine. The first is to ratify the formal opening of accession negotiations between Kiev and the EU. The second decision, much more crucial in the short term for the war effort against Russia, would be to approve a €50 billion support plan for Ukraine. Orban, the man with ambiguous ties to Vladimir Putin, has already made it known that he will block in both cases.


Emmanuel Macron is hosting the Hungarian nationalist leader for dinner on Thursday evening at the Élysée Palace. The goal: to get Viktor Orb's veto lifted


In Europe, it's dinner that divides. Emmanuel Macron will receive Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday evening at the Élysée Palace. The aim is to convince the nationalist leader to lift his veto on two major decisions in favour of Ukraine, which are supposed to be unanimously approved by the 27 member states at the EU summit next weekend in Brussels.

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The first is to ratify the formal opening of accession negotiations between Kiev and the EU. The second decision, much more crucial in the short term for the war effort against Russia, would be to approve a €50 billion support plan for Ukraine. But Viktor Orban, the man with ambiguous ties to Vladimir Putin, who is accustomed to denouncing Europe's "indirect war" against Moscow, has already made it known that he will block in both cases.

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Source: leparis

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