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Russian oil ban — Hungarian hold-up — EU ‘ghostwriters’

We unpack EU leaders’ deal to ban Russian oil imports — with some notable exceptions after Hungary played hardball. And author Tommaso Pavone tells the story of the lawyers who turned “ghostwriters” to make the EU a legal reality.

POLITICO’s Andrew Gray, Matthew Karnitschnig, Lili Bayer and David M. Herszenhorn assess this week’s EU summit, where leaders struck a late-night agreement to ban Russian oil — but only after making more concessions to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The crew also discusses what’s next for the EU in terms of sanctions after the bruising battle over this package.

You’ll hear what Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told POLITICO about the summit — and about whether the EU’s sanctions are having an impact on Vladimir Putin.

Our special guest is Tommaso Pavone, assistant professor of law and politics at the University of Arizona and visiting researcher at the ARENA Center for European Studies at the University of Oslo. His new book, “The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe,” tells the fascinating story of the “Euro-lawyers” across the Continent who sought out cases and pushed them up the European legal pyramid over decades to make the EU a legal reality.

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