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Don’t Believe Orban’s Hype on EU Budget

Click to expand Image German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades at the EU summit in Brussels, July 21, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Stéphanie Lecocq At first glance, it might look like European Union member states allowed themselves to be bullied into dropping the requirement that EU monies be tied to respect for the rule of law in the seven-year budget and emergency recovery package agreed on July 21. The agreement contains vaguer language than earlier drafts, and Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, is crowing victory. But the EU budget deal says two crucial…

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