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‘This is not the time for vetoes’: Germany’s Europe minister on Hungary, Poland – Metro US

‘This is not the time for vetoes’: Germany’s Europe minister on Hungary, Poland

News conference after the General Affairs Council at the European
News conference after the General Affairs Council at the European Council Headquarters in Brussels

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Union member states should live up to their responsibility and make sure that an emergency aid package designed to help countries tackle the COVID-19 pandemic can be paid out quickly, Germany’s European affairs minister said on Tuesday.

Hungary and Poland blocked the adoption of the 2021-2027budget and recovery fund at a meeting of ambassadors of EUnations on Monday, over a clause making access to money.

“I ask everyone in the EU to live up to their responsibility,” Michael Roth said ahead of a video conference with his EU counterparts. “It is not the time for vetoes but for acting swiftly and in the spirit of solidarity.”

(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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