Hungary will seek legal ways to challenge Article 7 vote

16 September, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The BBC's Nick Thorpe in Budapest says Mr Orban appears increasingly isolated among European conservatives but is being applauded by nationalist parties. 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.

Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini, who spearheaded the vote to enact Article 7 procedures, decried the CEU's "legal limbo" in a report (PDF) that detailed alleged violations of the EU's democratic principles.

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

It is the first time that the parliament has launched the European Union disciplinary process against a member state, known as Article 7.

"Hungary won't give in to such blackmail and will continue to protect its borders", Salvini wrote on Facebook after the 448-197 vote by Euro MPs to sanction Hungary for flouting European Union rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption.

The BBC Reality Check team has explained the Article 7 process in detail.

"Each EU Member State has a sovereign right to carry out the internal reforms that it considers appropriate", the message said.

However, because this step has never been taken before, it is not clear what will happen next, or when. He added that a similar case involving Poland was being handled through the European Commission.

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"Today's European Parliament decision was nothing else but a petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians against Hungary", Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a news conference in Budapest.

Hungary has constantly been on the warpath with Brussels with its populist Prime Minister, Victor Orban, a staunch opponent of migrant policies adopted by the Union. Farage also encouraged Orban to "join the Brexit club".

The vote was hailed as "historic" by Berber Biala-Hettinga, Amnesty International's expert on human rights in the EU.

"Hungary shall continue to defend its borders, stop illegal immigration and defend its rights - against you, too, if necessary", he said, drawing applause from the eurosceptic, far-right lawmakers in the assembly.

"Individuals close to the government have been enriching themselves, their friends and family members at the expense of Hungarian and European taxpayers", she said. "The Hungarian people deserve better".

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 report notes concerns related to the functioning of the constitutional and electoral system; the independence of the judiciary and of other institutions and the rights of judges; corruption and conflicts of interest; privacy and data protection; freedom of expression; academic freedom; freedom of religion; freedom of association; the right to equal treatment; the rights of persons belonging to minorities, including Roma and Jews, and protection against hateful statements against such minorities; the fundamental rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees; and economic and social rights.

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