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The hole between Hungary and its European companions has instantly widened. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's journey to Moscow, the place he met Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, has triggered shock, disappointment and discontent. Two years after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European entrance has highlighted the existence of an more and more severe Hungarian query, particularly since Budapest holds the presidency of the European Union on this second a part of the yr.

Already on Thursday, when the primary rumors in regards to the doable journey circulated, the President of the European Council Charles Michel was fast to level out that the Hungarian Prime Minister had no mandate to barter with the Kremlin. In the meantime, reactions of the identical tenor have multiplied from all or virtually all European chancelleries. Among others, the Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson referred to as Viktor Orbán's conduct “irresponsible and disloyal”.

It issues little whether or not the Hungarian chief's try is formally to revive peace between Kiev and Moscow, as a authorities spokesperson defined yesterday. “Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is visiting Moscow. Appeasement will not stop Vladimir Putin. Only unity and determination will pave the way for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine,” argued on X the president-designate of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, grappling with a fragile vote of confidence in the course of the month.

From Brussels, a European spokesperson mentioned that the group government now not guidelines out canceling the standard go to of the school of commissioners to the capital that assumes the six-month presidency of the European Union (the journey is at present scheduled after the summer time break). The go to to Moscow by the Hungarian prime minister was not appreciated as a result of it highlights variations between the Twenty-Seven, which might simply be exploited by the Kremlin.

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Diplomats in Brussels have been yesterday questioning in regards to the doable response to Hungary. Some puzzled whether or not Prime Minister Orbán's conduct could possibly be in violation of Article 4 of the Treaties, which commits member states to “loyal cooperation.” In this case, an infringement process underneath Article 258 could possibly be opened. Others have been contemplating the opportunity of a brand new process underneath Article 7, even when the authorized stipulations – a consequence of the rule of legislation – seem weak on this case.