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Today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament convenes in plenary to debate something called the Sargentini Report on issues in Hungary. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s a short roundup of a few things you should know.
The European Parliament convenes in plenary next week to consider a resolution to impose sanctions on Hungary for alleged violations of the rule of law. The motion would trigger the Article 7 procedure, the so-called “nuclear option,” against a member state. That’s serious stuff.
Hungary’s foreign minister has said that the special report on Hungary being drawn up by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is the basic document of a show trial
According to the minister of State for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Commission's goal is to put political pressure on Warsaw, and Hungary rejects this in the strongest possible terms
Levente Magyar, the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Parliamentary State Secretary, said that the EP will decide whether or not to launch Article 7 proceedings against Hungary based on Sargentini's report, which could lead to the suspension of Hungary’s voting rights
The Hungarian government will be able to act successfully against “the pressure imposed by Brussels and the organizations of George Soros” if as many people return their questionnaires as possible by Wednesday, Fidesz party's communications director said
Once again, Hungarian left-wing politicians have taken domestic affairs to the stage of the European Parliament, hoping to gain traction in their political campaign against the Hungarian government. Their timely intervention intersects neatly with the interests of an American billionaire whose extreme ideas about an open society aim to undermine Europe’s external border.
Hungarian government insiders state that they are surprised by the move considering there is an ongoing discussion with the European Commission regarding CEU, and the law on NGOs has not even been put up to vote by the Parliament. Plus, Hungary's stance on immigration is a widely accepted path worldwide