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French president Emmanuel Macron (l) and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán in Versailles, France, in March 2023 (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

Orbán's Ukraine-veto threat escalates ahead of EU summit

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has threatened to wreck next week's EU summit by vetoing Ukraine accession talks — but a veto-fiasco might be exactly what some leaders want.

Orbán personally wrote to EU Council president Charles Michel on Monday (4 December) warning that the summit would be a "failure" if Michel tried to get consensus on Ukraine.

The European Commission recommended opening the Ukraine talks in November, in what would mark a

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

French president Emmanuel Macron (l) and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán in Versailles, France, in March 2023 (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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