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Hungary takes over EU Council Presidency – financial system and migration in focus

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has a lot to smile about, as his country will take over the EU Council Presidency from next month Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has a lot to smile about, as his country will take over the EU Council Presidency from next month

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has loads to smile about, as his nation will take over the EU Council Presidency from subsequent month

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Hungary took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council on Monday. This implies that the nation will chair quite a few ministerial conferences of the EU nations for six months. In phrases of content material, the Orbán authorities is pushing two matters and putting them underneath a motto acquainted from Donald Trump.

DHungary will maintain the EU Council Presidency for the following six months. The Budapest authorities has set itself the purpose of utilizing the presidency to advertise the EU's financial competitiveness. In order to advertise progress, the federal government introduced on Monday that it desires to undertake a brand new settlement on this. In addition, unlawful migration can be higher combated – together with by way of offers with third nations.

The EU Council Presidency rotates each six months between the 27 member states. Government representatives from Hungary will chair quite a few ministerial conferences till the tip of December and mediate in disagreements between the EU states.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is understood for his important stance in the direction of the EU. In the previous, he has repeatedly clashed with different member states and blocked vital votes. Most just lately, this was the case with help for Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia, and sanctions in opposition to Moscow.

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“The presidency does not mean that you are the boss of Europe. The presidency means that you are the one who has to make the compromise,” outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo just lately instructed his Budapest colleague in Brussels. Belgium beforehand held the EU Council Presidency.

Budapest desires to “make Europe great again”

It is questionable to what extent Orbán will settle for this. And Ukraine will proceed to play a serious function for the EU within the coming weeks and months – in terms of additional help, but in addition within the ongoing accession talks with the nation. The EU heads of state and authorities additionally just lately agreed that Europe ought to turn into much less dependent in army issues and considerably strengthen its arms business. It is now as much as Hungary to push forward with this effort.

Previously, the right-wing nationalist Hungarian authorities had made headlines with its motto for the Council Presidency: “Make Europe Great Again” – a modified election marketing campaign slogan of the controversial American ex-president Donald Trump. In German, the saying means one thing like “Make Europe great again”.

In the previous, Orbán and Trump have repeatedly praised one another. In March, Orbán praised Trump at a gathering because the “president of peace,” whereas the American praised the Hungarian because the “best leader” ever.

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It stays to be seen what this management will appear like with regard to the Council Presidency. But ultimately, the ability of the Council Presidency can be restricted: legislative proposals come from the EU Commission. The wording of the authorized texts is then lastly negotiated by the EU states and Parliament. In addition, now – three weeks after the European elections – neither the Commission nor the Parliament are totally operational. Numerous vital positions nonetheless have to be crammed. Many new legislative initiatives are subsequently to not be anticipated on this section.

Orbán forges right-wing social gathering alliance with the AfD as aspirant

Orbán additionally desires to broaden his affect within the EU Parliament. One day earlier than taking up the Council Presidency, Orbán introduced the formation of a brand new far-right parliamentary group. The “Patriots for Europe” group contains the Hungarian governing social gathering Fidesz, the right-wing Austrian FPÖ and the liberal-populist Czech ANO. The alliance is open to different events that help the “Patriotic Manifesto” signed by the three social gathering leaders in Vienna on Sunday.

With the hoped-for inflow of supporters, the group would turn into the “largest faction of right-wing forces in Europe,” mentioned Orbán. Its manifesto comprises the well-known positions of right-wing, right-wing populist and right-wing extremist events: rejection of migration and the “Green Deal,” no help for Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia, and dismantling integration within the EU with a purpose to strengthen the sovereignty of nation states.

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Tino Chrupalla, Federal Chairman of the AfD, during his speech at the end of the party conference in Essen

The three events acquired probably the most votes within the EU elections of their respective nations. Fidesz has eleven representatives within the new European Parliament, ANO seven and the FPÖ six. In complete they’ve 24 of the 705 representatives within the EU physique. A minimal of 23 representatives from seven nations are required to type a gaggle.

In phrases of content material, Fidesz and the FPÖ specifically have many factors of contact with the AfD, which was excluded from the right-wing ID faction shortly earlier than the European elections. On the sidelines of the AfD federal social gathering convention in Essen on Sunday, AfD chief Tino Chrupalla didn’t need to touch upon Orbán's plans when requested.

AfD MEP Marc Jongen, alternatively, expressed himself favorably on Deutschlandfunk. “If it were up to me, we would also be very happy to join this group.” His social gathering might “sign the Patriotic Manifesto immediately.” In phrases of content material, they’re “very close to Orbán” and are engaged on “establishing formal cooperation in the future.”