European Parliament condemns Hungary for violating EU values

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In the unprecedented move, 448 MEPs voted in favour of launching the so-called "Article 7" procedure, 197 against and with 48 abstentions, the EP referred Hungary to the other member states to check the health of the country's democracy.

If also approved by national leaders, Hungary could face punitive measures. They strongly deny it was to secure Hungary's support in the Brexit process or out of admiration for the country's leader. Possible sanctions against the EU country concerned are not clearly defined in the EU treaties, but might include suspending voting rights in the Council and the European Council.

Bringing the Article 7 procedure to the final stage would require the unanimous support of all other European Union member states, which analysts say is unlikely.

However, Hungary is now facing "preventative" measures, which the parliament says are created to avoid sanctions entirely.

However, because this step has never been taken before, it is not clear what will happen next, or when. An obvious candidate is Poland who are facing the same fate with a report brought against them by the European Commission. The case has yet to reach the European Parliament.

His typically feisty performance before EU lawmakers has boosted Orban's standing among nationalists at home and also among anti-immigrant parties that are expected to increae their presence in the next European Parliament (EP).

His opposition to European migration protection and his demand a "cultural counterrevolution" in Europe establish him in battle with the European Union's leadership.However Mr. Orban's possess political alliance publicly stood by him, and might even private voted with him on Wednesday nonetheless for his an increasing selection of provocative behavior for the reason that launch of the year.This summer season he has looked extra pleased within the company of a ways-edifying figures equivalent to Matteo Salvini, the new Italian interior minister, and Stephen Good adequate.


"Viktor Orban's government has been leading the charge against European values by silencing independent media, replacing critical judges, and putting academia on a leash", she said.

"This is not the right way", Plenković said.

"Individuals close to the government have been enriching themselves, their friends and family members at the expense of Hungarian and European taxpayers".

The decision was greeted with approval in some quarters with Amnesty International's expert on European Union human rights calling the decision "historic".

The European Parliament launched the action, citing the concern of a "serious breach of European values".

"I have always been in favour of building bridges and I want to continue to do so but yesterday I didn't see any readiness from the Hungarian PM to make a move towards his European Union partners and address our concerns", he said on Twitter.

"The agreement of CEU with another USA university does not mean that there is a school there", Szijjarto said, referring to a controversial amendment made in the education law past year, which required the university to also offer courses in the United States. The President of the European Commission also voiced his support on Twitter, affirming he was "in harmony" with the decision. "[I] am in harmony with today's decision", he said through a spokeswoman's Twitter account.

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