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Guy Verhofstadt furious at Hungary’s threat to veto EU budget – ‘We will not give in!’

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He furiously slapped down Hungary’s strongman president after he threatened to veto the EU budget. Mr Orban is unhappy about the rule of law mechanism attached to the financial deal.

He has called the proposed mechanism to link the rule of law to budget disbursements for EU member states a “political and ideological weapon.

But Mr Verhofstadt hit out at Mr Orban’s protests over the package.

He said the EU is not willing to renegotiate the terms of the budget no matter how much Mr Orban rages against the terms.

He tweeted: “No fudge. No renegotiation. No compromising on EU values.

“If Hungary wants to continue to penalise its own citizens, enhanced cooperation is a perfectly valuable alternative acc”
“The EU will not give in to extortion!”

On Friday Mr Orban said talks over the EU’s recovery funds and budget should continue and there will be an agreement in the end.

Mr Orban’s opposition to the deal is shared by Poland.

The nationalist governments of the two nations have refused to back the financial plan for the whole EU, even though they are beneficiaries, for the same reason.

Mr Orban said there could be several options for resolving the deadlock “that are acceptable to Hungary and Poland … where legal aspects decide and not a political majority”.

However, he did not give any details on possible solutions.

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The Polish and Hungarian veto is likely to delay hundreds of billions of euros in EU funds at a time when the 27-nation bloc is grappling with a second wave of the coronavirus.

Mr Orban has in recent months been on a collision course with Brussels.

In September he called for the resignation of European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova.

He accused her of making remarks that were “derogatory” and “insulted EU citizens of Hungarian nationality”.

His angry letter came after she expressed concerns about the state of Hungary’s democracy.

She said: “Mr Orbán likes to say that he is building an illiberal democracy.

“I would say: he’s building an ill democracy.”

A furious Mr Orban wrote to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, demanding she force her deputy to hand in her notice.

Ms von der Leyen stood by Ms Jourova, with the commission saying she had “full trust” in her deputy.

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