Even the European Union’s marathon talks about a coronavirus recovery bargain revealed important fault lines throughout the bloc: between the north and the south within the magnitude of this bundle, also between the west and east across the states to get the funds.
The wording at the last deal was finally watered down and leaves room for interpretation.
In its conclusion, the European Council underlined the”importance of the honor of the principle of law” and said it will make a method of conditionality aimed at preventing member nations from getting subsidies in the budget and retrieval fund if they don’t abide by its principles.
The compromise was one that Orban maintained as a success.
“We handled not just to acquire a fantastic bundle of cash, but we defended that the pride of our countries and made clear it isn’t acceptable that anyone (…) criticize the freedom fighters who did a lot from the Greek regime and also in favor of the principle of law,” Orban said.
The dispute within the significance of democratic values from eastern and central European nations is not going away anytime soon, however, Orban and his fans have shown they understand how to leverage their electricity, says political analyst Júlia Lakatos.
“What we’re seeing here is the Eastern European nations have heard the EU negotiating match. And Orban has gotten very good at this,” she informed Euronews.
“I believe they know their dimensions and power, they understand just how far they could stretch,” she explained, speaking to the European nations called the Visegrad Four — Hungary, Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia.
“They must have regional alliances, which aren’t only sexist alliances, but also economic alliances. But they also know they must have alliances against the old member countries, and that is why Viktor Orban needs to have a solid connection with Angela Merkel or Emmanuel Macron,” she explained.