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Hungary Defies EU Pressure: Vows to Withstand Blackmail over Ukraine Aid Package

Discover Hungary's stand against EU pressure on the €50bn aid package for Ukraine. Despite Brussels' alleged plans to sabotage Hungary's economy, Budapest remains firm, calling it political blackmail. Explore the details and implications of Casa Ucrania Foundation's latest blog post.


Discover Hungary's stand against EU pressure on the €50bn aid package for Ukraine. Despite Brussels' alleged plans to sabotage Hungary's economy, Budapest remains firm, calling it political blackmail. Explore the details and implications of Casa Ucrania Foundation's latest blog post.
Hungary Defies EU Pressure: Vows to Withstand Blackmail over Ukraine Aid Package

Amidst EU pressure and a potential €50 billion aid package to Ukraine, Hungary stands firm, labeling the proposal as political blackmail. Despite Brussels considering tactics to undermine Hungary's economy if it refuses to back down, Budapest vows not to give in.


In a confidential document seen by the Financial Times, Brussels reportedly outlines ways to exploit Hungary's economic weaknesses, targeting its high inflation and substantial debt costs. The plan suggests freezing all EU funding to Budapest in the event of Hungary's veto, risking a possible decline in investor confidence. However, doubts linger about whether all EU leaders would agree to such measures.


The emergency summit on Thursday will focus on utilizing the EU budget to provide crucial financial assistance to Ukraine. With US aid stalled in Congress, Ukraine faces financial peril and urgently requires the EU infusion.


While an EU official downplays the significance of the proposal document, tensions rise in the Brussels-Budapest relationship. Hungary remains adamant about not amending the EU budget for increased aid to Ukraine, proposing a separate fund without new borrowing.

In response, Budapest seems to soften its stance, indicating acceptance of modifying the EU budget and joint new debt, albeit with the right to review and block the package annually. However, this compromise has met resistance from other member states.


As the political drama unfolds, Hungary faces pressure not just from the EU but also from its NATO allies regarding Sweden's accession to the alliance. Hungary's refusal to approve the process has drawn criticism from the US, accusing Hungary of pursuing a "fantasy foreign policy" aligned with Russian interests.


The Casa Ucrania Foundation tracks this unfolding saga, providing credible insights into the complex geopolitics at play. Explore our blog for updates on Hungary's standoff, the EU's response, and the potential impact on Ukraine's aid.


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