EU leaders in bitter clash over Covid-19 recovery package

EU leaders in bitter clash over Covid-19 recovery packageJuly 20, 2020

Orbán accuses Netherlands’ Rutte of ‘communist’ tactics on tense third day of talks

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Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, accused his Dutch counterpart of using the same methods as his country’s former communist leaders on Sunday, as EU leaders publicly clashed during tense and acrimonious negotiations over the terms of a proposed €1.8tn budget and recovery package for the bloc.

A third difficult day of a summit of the EU’s 27 heads of state and government – the first in person for five months – saw movement towards agreement as talks stretched deep into the night, but laid bare the deep splits between north and south, and east and west.

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