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Petra Bard on Hungary and the EU Presidency

Nobody wants to humiliate Hungary, our Research Affiliate Petra Bard argued in an interview with Hungarian weekly Jelen.

She talked about legal possibilities to postpone the Hungarian presidency, but the EU is not organized to humiliate one of its members, she argued, adding that it should, however, show self-defense against countries hostile to its values.

“There are measures he votes for, but in the process he blackmails EU institutions. And every time there is unanimity, he asks for something in return for not vetoing. This does not mean that [Hungarian PM] Orban is a reliable partner,” she said.

Read the full interview (in Hungarian, subscription may be required) here.

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