EU breaks stalemate on €1.8tn seven-year budget and recovery fund

Process unblocked after Hungary and Poland lift objections to link between payments and upholding rule of law

The EU’s unprecedented €1.8tn (£1.6tn) seven-year budget and coronavirus recovery fund has been unblocked after Hungary and Poland lifted their objections to a link between payments and maintaining the rule of law.

At a summit in Brussels, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, backed a compromise tabled by Berlin after months of tensions and destabilising rows.

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Source: theguardian