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Hungary's Political Chessboard: Obstruction, Aid Halt, and Diplomatic Visits

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Hungary's Political Chessboard: Obstruction, Aid Halt, and Diplomatic Visits

In a bold move, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is reportedly obstructing Ukraine's EU accession talks. This political maneuver, seen by many as an attempt to secure financial benefits, has raised eyebrows across the globe. The Prime Minister's friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, coupled with his gradual shift towards authoritarianism, adds a layer of complexity to the situation.

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Turkish President's Visit to Hungary

Amid concerns regarding the rule of law and human rights protection, the European Union has withheld a considerable chunk of regional aid destined for Hungary. Under Orbán's leadership, Hungary has regressed into autocracy, providing a foothold for Russia's network of allies.

In light of these developments, Turkish President Erdogan is scheduled to pay a visit to Hungary's capital in December. Notably, Hungary and Turkey are the only NATO members yet to ratify Sweden's accession into the trans-Atlantic military alliance. Erdogan's administration has delayed Sweden's ratification, accusing Stockholm of leniency towards Kurdish militants and other groups perceived as security threats by Turkey. Meanwhile, Hungary has refrained from voicing any specific concerns.

Hungary's Political Landscape

Among other news, a sovereignty protection bill was submitted recently, and a proposal to tighten tobacco laws is under consideration. Litigation has commenced against battery factories in Fot, and changes are afoot in District I following the by-election. Moreover, a rapid increase in battery factories across Hungary is predicted to substantially hike the country's energy needs in the coming years. This raises questions about the feasibility of substantial greening and decarbonization in the industry.

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