In the thirty-eighth episode of the EU to go podcast, hosts Thu Nguyen and Johannes Lindner discuss the impact of Ukraine's accession on the EU budget, whether the costs are really as high as generally assumed, and why Hungary's veto of the Ukraine aid package looks like blackmail to the EU?
Charles Michel called the EU summit on 14 and 15 December, when the EU heads of state and government decided to open accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, a historic moment. But was the summit really historic? After all, the urgently needed €50bn aid package for Ukraine remains blocked due to the Hungarian veto, as do other elements of the EU budget. And what would actually be the impact of Ukraine's accession on this very budget? Are the costs really as high as generally assumed? Thu Nguyen and Johannes Lindner talk about all these questions on the subject of money in the EU. And they ask themselves: why do we talk about Viktor Orbán blackmailing the EU every year in this podcast?
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