Poland and Hungary veto EU budget plan
22 November 2020 | 12:52 pm
The two countries have followed through on their threat to block spending plans through to 2027. The EU needs a unanimous vote from all 27 members in order to pass the budget and coronavirus economic recovery fund.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has praised Poland for its "vital work" in responding to a migration crisis triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The papers react to US allegations that China is willing to offer military aid to Russia in the war against Ukraine. Also, we look at how another of Vladimir Putin's allies, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is distancing himself from Russia ahead of legislative elections next month. Finally, Emmanuel Macron gets a roasting in the British papers over attempts to (sartorially) emulate Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky!
Poland is allowing millions of Ukrainians fleeing the war access to the labor market and to health and social benefits. Polish officials are struggling to register and help all the people arriving in the country.
Tensions between Poland and Russia have been running high since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine last month.
The US president met American troops stationed in Poland, before being briefed on aid efforts for Ukrainian refugees. Warsaw is hoping for a bigger NATO commitment in the wake of Russia's invasion of its neighbor.
The war in Ukraine has moved Poland from the fringes of US foreign policy into the spotlight. At the same time, Washington has become even more indispensable for Warsaw as a guarantor of security.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared victory in Hungary's parliamentary election after partial results showed his ruling Fidesz party is comfortably ahead of their opposition rivals.
Warsaw requested an explanation from the French ambassador over comments made by the French president. The French president strongly criticized Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in a newspaper interview.
The Polish capital has seized an abandoned Russian diplomatic compound after decades of legal dispute. Authorities say the site, which some Poles say was used for spying, will be handed over to the Ukrainian community.
Of the five million Ukrainians who have fled the war in their country, almost three million have gone to Poland, which now hosts the highest number of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. Many have arrived in the town of Rzeszów, less than an hour's drive from the border with Ukraine. Our team reports from a shopping centre that's been transformed into a shelter for refugees.
The suspensions are the first since Russia insisted foreign buyers pay for gas in rubles. Both Poland and Bulgaria have said Gazprom are in breach of contact.
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