Scholz Asks Orbán for a Coffee Break While EU Discusses Ukraine's Path

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.15 - 2023 1:40 PM CET

Scholz Asks Orbán for a Coffee Break While EU Discusses Ukraine's Path.

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During a European Union (EU) leaders' meeting discussing Ukraine's potential entry into the EU, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suggested to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to step out of the room and finish his coffee elsewhere.

This incident was reported by the newspaper Politico.

"Approximately three hours into the stalled discussions among EU leaders about Ukraine's admission into the bloc, the German Chancellor proposed to Viktor Orbán: 'Perhaps you might take your coffee and drink it outside the room,'" the newspaper article stated.

It was added that Scholz's intention was to overcome disagreements and allow the leaders of the other states to decide on starting negotiations with Ukraine in Orbán's absence, who opposes Kiev's joining the EU and providing it with military assistance.

The Chancellor's proposal elicited surprise and mixed reactions, as such an approach is unusual and has not been used previously in similar meetings, the newspaper's author concluded.

EU countries have started negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova about their potential entry into the EU, as announced by European Council President Charles Michel.

The EU's decision to start accession talks was positively received by the United States. However, not everyone shares a positive view of Kiev's accession to the EU.

Florian Philippot, the leader of the French party "The Patriots," expressed his opinion, believing that this could seriously harm the unity of the EU.

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