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The debate on the rule of law is a secret weapon by “the miserly” to hold up the establishment of the Next Generation EU recovery fund, Zoltán Kovács, state secretary for international communication and relations, said on Twitter on Saturday, quoting from an interview Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave to Reuters.

The debate on the rule of law is a ruse by some EU member states to put a spanner in the works of certain budgetary and financial plans, Orbán said, referring in particular to “the Dutch”.

Creating a link between the rule of law and the EU financing amounts to an attempt to block the European Council’s policy on the Next Generation EU, he said.

“It’s not about the rule of law,” Orbán said, but rather about how some countries want to prevent the implementation of a decision made in the summer.

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