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EU officials discuss suspension of voting rights on Hungary

EU officials discuss suspension of voting rights on Hungary

Some EU officials have discussed the possibility of imposing suspension of voting rights on Hungary so that they can agree on a new aid package for Ukraine, the Financial Times reports, citing its sources.

As noted, the suspension of voting rights of an EU member state can be blocked by another member state. However, as mentioned in the publication, the recent change of government in Poland means Hungary no longer has a “guaranteed protector”.

Thus, the EU countries want to make Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban realize the “full costs” of a country’s isolation from the EU. If this does not work, the 26 EU members could agree on providing aid to Ukraine on their own, although it would “take time and only offer a short-term fix”.