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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