27 September 2011
Evaluation of the First Hungarian EU Council Presidency
As the last member of the Spanish-Belgian-Hungarian trio, Hungary took over the Presidency of the EU Council on 1 January 2011 in the context of a deepening crisis of the Euro area, uncertainty about the future of some key policies and enlargement fatigue. The motto of the Hungarian Presidency was "A Strong Europe," reflecting the Hungarian government's conviction that after the crisis only further deepening can make the EU successful. This deepening process should, however, be coupled with further widening: the EU must maintain the credibility of the enlargement process and leave its doors open to new members.
© 2011 Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies