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Bloomberg sources claim that Italian PM wants to negotiate with Orbán on support for Ukraine

Wednesday, 10 January 2024, 23:21
Bloomberg sources claim that Italian PM wants to negotiate with Orbán on support for Ukraine
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at a meeting on 14 December. Photo: website of the Italian government

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is trying to negotiate with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán to stop slowing down decisions in support of Ukraine in the European Union and improve relations with Kyiv.

Source: Bloomberg citing sources, as reported by European Pravda

Details: According to Bloomberg sources, Meloni is proposing that Orbán’s Fidesz party join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) before the upcoming European Parliament elections.


In order for Fidesz to join the ECR, the Italian prime minister wants Orbán to change his approach in regard to Ukraine's aspirations for EU membership and reset relations with Kyiv.

Discussions between representatives of the leaders of Italy and Hungary "have taken place at various levels and no decision has been taken," writes Bloomberg.

Meloni's interest is to strengthen the representation of the ECR (which includes her party Brothers of Italy) in the new European Parliament against the backdrop of a general increase in right-wing ratings. The group currently has 62 MEPs, or 8.26%.


The European Conservatives and Reformists will be competing with the more extreme right of the Identity and Democracy group, as well as the centre-right European People's Party, from which Fidesz left in 2021.

Meloni previously said that she had not yet decided to run for the European Parliament, citing "irreconcilable differences" between her right-wing Brothers of Italy party and the Alternative for Germany.

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