EU parliament to debate possible sanctions against Hungary
Added 09-11-18 08:22:02am EST - “The European Parliament is set to debate Tuesday whether Hungary should face political sanctions for policies that opponents say are against the EU's democratic values and the rule of law.” - Washingtontimes.com
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BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Parliament is set to debate Tuesday whether Hungary should face political sanctions for policies that opponents say are against the EU’s democratic values and the rule of law.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who will speak at the debate in Strasbourg, France, says the initiative is really meant to punish Hungary for its tough anti-immigration stance.
Lawmakers will vote Wednesday on a proposal to launch the rule-of-law procedure, based on a report by the EU parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, that could lead to Hungary losing its EU voting rights under a process known as Article 7.
Orban said in a video posted on Facebook that EU parliamentarians who support migration “are preparing for revenge against Hungary, because Hungarians have decided they will not become an immigrant country.” He claimed that Hungary was facing “unfair accusations and lies.”
The EU Commission, the bloc’s executive body, launched Article 7 proceedings against Poland over an alleged erosion of judicial independence late last year. But Hungary’s case is the first time that the EU Parliament is considering calling for the launch of the sanctions process for a member state because of a perceived threat to EU values.
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