Pressure to take EU Council presidency from Hungary mounts

First, there was the visit to kyivwhich had raised a few eyebrows in Brussels. Then, three days later, Viktor Orban has gone to Moscowthis time provoking the explicit anger of many European leaders. But far from being discouraged, the Hungarian Prime Minister put a coin back in the machine by going to Beijing. That was on July 8.

Since Hungary took over on 1er July and for six months, the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), Viktor Orban cannot be accused of lacking diplomatic initiatives. Problem, “these so-called ‘peace missions’ are decided in secret, and without any coordination with the European institutions and the governments of the Member States,” observes the Corriere della Sera. Worse, his current role is not supposed to give Orban the role of designated representative of European diplomacy, which rather falls to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs or to the President of the European Council.

The last problem is that his visit to Beijing, and especially his visit to Moscow, clearly do not reflect the

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