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The European Union is proving it in the face of repeated blackmail attempts Viktor Orbáns their ability to act by freezing funds for Hungary.
Viktor Orbáns Despite attempts at blackmail and threats of veto, by freezing the 6,3 billion euros, the EU is drawing clear consequences from the systematic undermining of the rule of law and the misuse of EU funds by the Hungarian government. In addition to its ability to act, the EU is also proving it has a clever mind in not getting involved with Orbán's cosmetic sham reforms.
The conditionality mechanism as a new instrument to protect the rule of law and the financial interests of the EU has passed its practical test. The FDP fought for this for a long time. Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner had repeatedly called for consistent action by the EU for sound finances and the rule of law in the ECOFIN Council. The current decision sends a clear signal to Orbán and his potential imitators: Only those who respect the EU's rules and values can benefit from its financial resources.