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‘It is time to rein in Viktor Orbán’s rogue presidency’: Renew Europe calls for action to stop Hungary

The head of the liberal Renew Europe group has called on the European Council to explore all means to stop Hungary’s ongoing presidency of the Council of the EU.

Hungary took over the rotating presidency on 1 July for a period of six months, but has the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has already fuelled controversy with a trip to visit Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Valérie Hayer, the president of Renew Europe and an ally of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said today that “the Hungarian prime minister is undermining positions adopted by the European Union and acting contrary to our interests and it has to stop.”

“It is time to rein in Viktor Orbán’s rogue presidency of the Council.,” she said, adding:

His pretend peace mission is a security threat, his isolated communication is only a smoke screen for his own interests and fails miserably. Russia’s recent attacks, including on a children’s hospital in Kyiv, 48h after a supposed peace mission, are simply sickening.

Key events

The Kremlin said it was watching as NATO’s military infrastructure moved closer towards Russia’s borders and that Moscow would need to act to contain the Western military alliance, Reuters reported citing TASS.

Medvedev says Russia ‘must do everything’ for ‘disappearance’ of Ukraine, Nato or ‘both’

Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president, has said Russia should work towards the “disappearance” of both Ukraine and Nato, Reuters reported.

Medvedev quoted from Nato’s declaration at its Washington summit: “We will continue to support (Ukraine) on its irreversible path to full Euro-Atlantic integration, including NATO membership.”

He then commented: “The conclusion is obvious. We must do everything so that Ukraine’s ‘irreversible path’ to NATO ends with either the disappearance of Ukraine or the disappearance of NATO. Or even better – the disappearance of both.”

The Ukrainian defence ministry said it is grateful to the Netherlands for its decision on ammunition for F-16s.

“The Netherlands is purchasing more than €300 million worth of ammunition for the F-16s. We are grateful to our Dutch friends and partners,” the Ukrainian ministry said.

The Netherlands is purchasing more than €300 million worth of ammunition for the F-16s.

We are grateful to our Dutch friends and partners from @defensie for this important decision. 
Thank you for your co-leadership in the Air Force Capability Coalition and the previously… pic.twitter.com/57wCrYLo3U

— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) July 11, 2024

French left pushes back against Macron’s messaging

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said in a letter to the public yesterday that “no political force has a sufficient majority, and the blocs that have emerged are all minorities.”

The president called on all parties “that identify with republican institutions, rule of law, parliamentarianism, a pro-European stance and French independence to have a sincere, loyal dialogue to build a solid – necessarily plural – majority for the country.”

But his letter fuelled further debate.

Sandrine Rousseau, from an Ecologists, said the letter was “worrying.”

“It is the letter of someone who does not accept defeat,” she said.

Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist party, said this morning that “those who seek to divide the left are really seeking to ensure that the left never governs.”

🎙️ L’invitée du jour

🎙️ @sandrousseau, députée NFP de Paris : “La lettre d’Emmanuel Macron est inquiétante… C’est la lettre de quelqu’un qui n’accepte pas la défaite ! C’est dans ces moments que l’on voit les grands chefs d’État et là on ne le voit pas…”#ApollineMatin pic.twitter.com/8xGu8Fqqn0

— RMC (@RMCInfo) July 11, 2024

J’ai fait le choix du rassemblement de la gauche depuis que je suis Premier secrétaire, et je n’en bougerai pas.

Ceux qui cherchent à diviser la gauche cherchent en réalité à ce que la gauche ne gouverne jamais.#Levenement pic.twitter.com/dzOJqO8RVj

— Olivier Faure (@faureolivier) July 11, 2024

‘It is time to rein in Viktor Orbán’s rogue presidency’: Renew Europe calls for action to stop Hungary

The head of the liberal Renew Europe group has called on the European Council to explore all means to stop Hungary’s ongoing presidency of the Council of the EU.

Hungary took over the rotating presidency on 1 July for a period of six months, but has the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has already fuelled controversy with a trip to visit Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Valérie Hayer, the president of Renew Europe and an ally of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said today that “the Hungarian prime minister is undermining positions adopted by the European Union and acting contrary to our interests and it has to stop.”

“It is time to rein in Viktor Orbán’s rogue presidency of the Council.,” she said, adding:

His pretend peace mission is a security threat, his isolated communication is only a smoke screen for his own interests and fails miserably. Russia’s recent attacks, including on a children’s hospital in Kyiv, 48h after a supposed peace mission, are simply sickening.

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