Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte accountable for the stalemate in negotiations on the post-COVID recovery fund for the European Union, as the summit in Brussels reached its third day on Sunday.
«I don't like blame game, but the Dutchman is the real responsible man for whole mess we have,» said Orban.
Rutte with the support of Austrian, Swedish, Finnish, and Danish allies are blocking the agreement on the proposed €750 ($857) billion recovery fund, as they call for access to be conditional on proven democratic values and for states who fail to comply to be barred from receiving support.
«I don't know what is the personal reason for the Dutch prime minister to hate me or Hungary, but he's attacking so harshly and making very clear that because Hungary, in his opinion, does not respect the rule of law, must be punished financially», added Orban.
Orban and his right-wing government have repeatedly clashed with other European states and EU bodies over what critics have characterised as a slide into authoritarian rule, an allegation denied by the Hungarian prime minister.