The EU is preparing a “nuclear option” for Hungary

Hungary can prevent the launch of Art. 7 in the case of blocking aid to Ukraine worth 50 billion euros.

According to Politico, Hungary will face serious consequences if it tries to block next week’s meeting of European leaders to approve a 50 billion euro aid package for Ukraine.

“After years of dovishness towards Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, European diplomats are making it clear this time that the ‘nuclear option’, i.e. the exclusion of Budapest from the EU voting process, is no longer unthinkable if it threatens the EU’s security endangers. Ukraine, a candidate country for accession to the EU,” we read in the publication.

EU blackmail

The authors of the publication point out that this scenario can be realized if the EU adopts the so-called art. 7 – the most serious political sanction against a Member State, consisting of the suspension of its voting rights in the EU decision-making process.

– If Orbán again blocks the agreement on the budget and the amount of 50 billion euros for Ukraine at the February summit, using art. 7 to deprive Hungary of the right to vote – one of the EU diplomats told the website.

– It is clear that the heads of state and government are tired of Orbán. It is high time for Orbán to realize that the threat posed by art. 7 already exists, says Stephen Van Hecke, professor of European politics at the University of Leuven.

Some countries are cautious about putting pressure on member states via art. 7 because they believe that they may face a similar situation in the future, for example when it comes to the rule of law in their own country. Ahead of the special summit on February 1, some EU leaders and the European Commission are trying to curry favor with Viktor Orbán rather than push him further away with the threat to overturn Article 7.

Source: Do Rzeczy