CNN: Erdoğan and Orbán are allies of Putin, they must be made “irrelevant”

On Tuesday, an opinion piece was published on CNN, stating that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are both allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The author therefore suggests that Hungary and Turkey should be made “irrelevant”.

The article calls Orbán Putin the European Union’s closest ally, mentioning that he “has threatened to veto proposed sanctions on Russian oil that the other 26 member states have approved.” Drawing parallels between the EU and NATO, the article continues: “Similarly within NATO, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not view favorably the possible membership of historically neutral powers that are Finland and Sweden, and on which the rest of the alliance supports them. join.”

CNN writes that thanks to such allies:

Putin may be perfectly placed to continue on his current path in Ukraine or beyond – with impunity. »

The editorial also mentions the visit of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Budapest, which we also reported on. He says “von der Leyen could only report that she had succeeded in” clarifying[ing] problems “with the Hungarian strongman”.

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The article says that the solution to these “toxic delays imposed by Hungary and Turkey” is to do “crave-outs”:

Render Orbán and Erdoğan irrelevant. The other 26 members of the EU should simply apply the oil embargo. And NATO should simply pave the way for Sweden and Finland to join.

What could Hungary or Turkey do worse — take legal action? Extract?”

Harvard professor Robert I. Rotberg seems to agree with the idea: “You are absolutely right to urge the EU to go ahead without Hungary. The ‘unanimity’ rule was insane to begin with and now is the time to test it.” He adds, however, that “Hungary could refer the decision to the European Court of Justice – which is both bad and good” .

Like Hint reports, another reading of the oil embargo issue is that Brussels took the decision on the embargo in haste, without proper preparation and neglecting practical economic considerations, which proved that the veto’s control over the decision-making from Brussels by the Member States was justified. (A former MEP wrote an opinion piece about this on Hint).

CNN also mentions the creation of an international court against corruption. Rotberg believes it “would be a good place to try Erdoğan, Orbán, Putin and many others. That’s why it’s needed. So we move. Such a tribunal is being actively sought by Rotberg along with a group consisting of some 40 former heads of state and an equal number of Nobel laureates, CNN writing. The article also mentions that “Putin has been playing on the concept of unanimity for years.”

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“Now is the time for democracies to stand together and proclaim that enough is enough, this right will be forced to triumph. In the end, we will all be stronger for it,” the article concludes.

The CNN op-ed was written by David A. Andelman, a veteran foreign correspondent, author and commentator who is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion on World Affairs. To read the full article, click here.

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