Poland says it will block any European Union sanctions against Hungary

Explained EU parliament targets Hungary's'breach of values

European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday in favor of initiating measures [materials] against the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban [official website] for allegedly breaching the values upon which the European Union was founded. 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. Hungary called the vote fraudulent and vowed to challenge it.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses MEPs during a debate on the situation in Hungary at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 11, 2018. MEPs voted 448 in favour and 197 against, with 48 abstentions in Strasbourg on the report that required a two-thirds majority to pass.

But Italy's anti-immigration Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said his League party's six European Union lawmakers would support Orban.

The European Parliament's approval of the Sargentini report "condemning Hungary" is "one of the biggest mistakes" the legislative body has ever made, Arnold Vaatz, deputy leader of the CDU/CSU group in Germany's Bundestag, told Hungarian public media in Berlin on Wednesday.

Szijjarto said Hungary was considering legal options to appeal the result because of the way the vote was tallied. The Europeans are struggling to verify a nuclear tackle Iran within the face of American opposition, nonetheless are stymied by American secondary sanctions, given the dominant feature that the dollar plays in global switch and banking.He most frequently identified as for extra investment in European defense, and for controlling migration by shoring up the bloc's exterior borders and investing in countries from the set a range of the migrants invent.

Most British Conservative MEPs supported the Hungarian government, arguing that the European Union had intruded into purely national matters.

"You think that you know the needs of the Hungarian people better than the Hungarian people themselves".

Amnesty International's expert on human rights in the EU, Berber Biala-Hettinga, said the European Parliament had "rightly stood up for the Hungarian people and for the EU".

EPP faction leader, a contender for the post of European Commission president, Manfred Weber voted to trigger Article 7 against Hungary.

The deputy head of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Tuesday he shared its authors' concerns about "fundamental rights, corruption, the treatment of Roma and the independence of the judiciary" in Hungary under Orban.

The move dealt a stunning political blow to Prime Minister Orban, who had told the parliament a day earlier that a scathing report leading to the vote was an insult to Hungary's honor and people.

Orban, who was re-elected in April to his third consecutive term in office, fourth overall also said Tuesday that he expected lawmakers to approve the motion with the support of some EPP lawmakers.

MEPs claimed the Conservative's position on the vote was part of a bid to win backing from Orban over Brexit.



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