European Parliament vote to sanction Hungary is blackmail

Explained EU parliament targets Hungary's'breach of values

Explained EU parliament targets Hungary's'breach of values

12, 2018European lawmakers voted by a huge margin on Wednesday to launch a punishment plan against Hungary for potentially breaching democratic norms, a measure never previously initiated by the European Parliament.The vote became handiest step one against doable sanctions.

Opposition to Orban's vision does not just come from the left, with disquiet also in the main centre-right parliamentary group, the European People's Party (EPP). Critics say that Hungary's electoral system is disproportionate; media freedoms and judicial independence are dwindling; asylum-seekers and refugees are mistreated and there are limits placed on non-governmental organizations.

Strasbourg, Sep 13 (UNI) The European Parliament has voted to trigger Article 7 sanctions procedure against Hungary.

But Ms Sargentini, who wrote the report on Mr Orban's government, said the decision sent an important message that the European Union would stand up for citizens' rights. "And it is, in fact, trying to take over European politics from within".

The ultimate sanction, the suspension of Hungary's voting rights, is unlikely as Poland is likely to veto any such move.

But in practice that is sure to be blocked by Orban's ally, the nationalist government in Poland that is locked in its own dispute with the European Union over undercutting the rule of law.

"The Sargentini report was not adopted today, because only by violating voting rules was it possible to reach the necessary two-thirds majority laid out in the treaty", Szajer said, arguing that if they had included abstentions, the two-thirds majority would not have been achieved.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto wasted little time in slamming the vote as "nothing less than the petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians".

"Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing".

The EPP's leader, Manfred Weber, said he would vote in favour of the motion targeting Orban's government, whose Fidesz party belongs to his grouping.

While Orban's actions have provoked opposition, they have been applauded by populists in the European Union, with prominent far-right figures floating the idea of forging a pan-European alliance ahead of next year's elections.

Along the way, Orban has been shielded by his alliance with fellow center-right European leaders as part of the European People's Party, an arrangement that gives them control of the European Parliament and, other leaders have said, more sway over his moves at home.

The parties of Kurz and Orban both belong to the biggest faction in the European Parliament, the conservative European People's Party (EPP), which also includes lawmakers from the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

It is the first time that the Parliament launches the so-called "nuclear option" against a member state. "We had enough dialogue".

"Instead of desertion, we should take on the more hard task of renewing the European People's Party, and helping it to find its way back to its Christian Democratic roots".

"This decision was born through fraud and in a way that goes directly against and contradicts the provisions of European contracts", Szijjarto said.