German compromise on releasing EU funds ‘caves in to Viktor Orbán’

Concerned MEPs say definition of rule of law narrowed to unblock Covid recovery money

Germany has been accused of caving into Viktor Orbán over a revamped draft law on the control of EU funds, as German diplomats attempt to settle a row that threatens to hold up billions of coronavirus recovery funds.

European Union leaders had agreed a €1.8tn (£1.63 tn) financial package, consisting of a €750bn coronavirus recovery fund and a €1.074tn budget for 2021-27, at an epic summit spanning four days and nights in July. However, turning that political agreement into legal texts that commanded the support of the European parliament has been running into trouble that risked delaying the funding.

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