Published: Sat, September 15, 2018

Hungary rebuked by European Union lawmakers

Hungary rebuked by European Union lawmakers

The European Parliament's approval of the Sargentini report criticising the state of the rule of law in Hungary is nothing more than a "massive power grab", Nigel Farage, the head of the EP's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, told public news channel M1 on Wednesday.

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. However, a unanimous vote is required to suspend Hungary's voting rights and launch sanctions.

"As of now there is no timeline" for the European Council to act, she said.

"Actions aimed against member states serve only deepening divides in the EU, increasing citizens' current lack of confidence to European institutions".

Judith Sargentini, the Dutch Greens lawmaker who steered the proposal through, said after the historic vote: "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".

"The report in front of you insults Hungary and insults the honor of the Hungarian nation", Orban said during the debate to MEPs, meeting for a plenary session in Strasbourg. They strongly deny it was to secure Hungary's support in the Brexit process or out of admiration for the country's leader.

"Each EU Member State has a sovereign right to carry out the internal reforms that it considers appropriate", the message said. The report accuses the Hungarian government of eroding democracy and failing to uphold fundamental European Union values.

The same procedure is already underway against Poland, this time triggered by the European Commission, EUobserver reports.

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).

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

In a brief speech to parliament on Tuesday, Orban vowed that Hungary would resist any attempt to "blackmail" it into softening its anti-migrant stance, which he charged was the motive behind the vote.

"I have always been in favor of building bridges and I want to continue to do so, but yesterday (Tuesday) I didn't see any readiness from the Hungarian PM to make a move towards his European Union partners and address our concerns", Manfred tweeted.

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

"The European Parliament rightly stood up for the Hungarian people and for the EU". "We're fighting to make our position the majority", he said, adding that Fidesz wanted to steer the EPP back onto the Christian democratic path he said would preserve Europe's identity.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said that he would have voted for the measure if he was an MEP.

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