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Hungary braced for toxic presidency as Europe founders
Date 25/11/2010 17:38  Author webmaster  Hits 1181  Language Global
25 NOV 2010

By Andrew Willis

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The incoming Hungarian presidency of the European Union is bracing itself for an unexpectedly difficult six months (Jan-June 2011) at the helm, likely to test the diplomatic skills of the presidency first-timers to the full.

The ongoing fight to shore up eurozone stability, together with calls for EU treaty change and acrimonious EU budget talks are among the prickly issues on the packed agenda, with Turkish accession talks and the Roma ethnic question also potential flashpoints.

"It's hard for us to forecast what kind of Europe we will inherit," Hungarian ambassador to the EU Peter Gyorkos told a small group of journalists on Thursday (25 November).

While the main threat remains a potential splintering of the eurozone currency club, the recent breakdown in EU budget talks for 2011 could also provide an unexpected headache for the Hungarians if the issue drags over into next year.

Budapest is also unhappy with the rising tensions over the EU's next multi-annual budget (post 2013), even before the European Commission comes forward with proposals on the subject next summer.

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