EU overcomes ‘Orban fatigue,’ passes €50 billion Ukraine aid

But Scholz also voiced hope that the European decision might help smooth the waters in Washington as President Joe Biden tries to push more assistance for Kyiv through Congress, part of which is controlled by the opposition Republicans.  

“I hope that the message from today, the discussions that we have had, also contribute to [Biden] having a slightly easier time with his political plans at home,” Scholz said.

While the EU is the largest donor of economic aid to Ukraine, the US is by far its largest military donor. 

“In many [European] capitals the question has to be asked: are we actually doing enough? And the answer in most cases can only be no,” Scholz said, adding that Germany could not bear the burden of providing military supplies on its own.

Asked how a deal with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the most notable holdout EU leader, was reached, Scholz said there were “clear discussions about the need for us to reach a unanimous decision here and not a divided one.” 

“And in the end these were convincing,” Scholz said. 

He also said the altered details of the deal would be stringently upheld, saying the EU couldn’t bend its own rules while insisting that others keep to them — an allusion to the criticisms Orban’s government faces from Brussels on other issues. 

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