US financier George Soros said in an opinion piece published on commentary portal Project Syndicate on Friday that a compromise prepared by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to prevent a veto by Hungary and Poland of the European Union’s 2021-27 budget and Covid-19 recovery fund is “the worst of all possible worlds”.
“The European Union is facing an existential threat, and yet the EU’s leadership is responding with a compromise that appears to reflect a belief that the threat can simply be wished away,” Soros said.
He said that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “kleptocratic regime” and, to a lesser extent, the illiberal Law and Justice (PiS) government in Poland, are “brazenly challenging the values on which the European Union has been built”.
“Treating their challenge as a legitimate political stance deserving of recognition and a compromise solution will only add – massively – to the risks that the EU now faces,” Soros said.
“The primary victims of the deal that Merkel has reportedly struck with Orbán will be the people of Hungary…All I can do is to express the moral outrage that people who believed in the EU as the protector of European and universal values must feel,” Soros concluded.
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Source: MTI/ Project Syndicate