EU braces for ‘game of chicken’ over recovery fund

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By Lewis McLellan
19 Nov 2020

The European Union faces its bitterest internal conflict yet, with member states drawing battle lines over the receipt of EU funds becoming dependent on states adhering to the rule of law. The conflict risks delaying or sinking the EU’s recovery fund, but capitulating would weaken its ability to oversee how the money is used, writes Lewis McLellan.

Hungary and Poland, which have been joined by Slovenia, are vowing to block the EU Council’s proposed seven year EU budget — the multi-annual financial framework (MFF) — that includes the EU’s €750bn recovery fund, over a rule of law mechanism.

If this opposition is successful, it would ...

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