Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, center with French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Taoiseach Micheal Martin, left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium yesterday
The €750 billion deal was sealed after intense negotiation that saw a threats of a French walkout and a Hungarian veto – and fierce opposition from the Netherlands and Austria to too generous a package.
Summit chairman Charles Michel tweeted “Deal” shortly after the 27 leaders finally reached agreement at a plenary session.
“This agreement sends a concrete signal that Europe is a force for action,” Mr Michel said at a dawn news conference.
Was the miniature defiant tricolour really necessary?
🇭🇺🇵🇱 PM Orbán: HUN and PL didn't simply secure substantial funds at the #EUsummit, we have also protected our national pride. We have successfully refused all attempts that would have tied access to EU funds to "rule of law criteria". Stay tuned for more! @MorawieckiM pic.twitter.com/uZRuuBwtSl
— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) July 21, 2020