France: MEPs approve report calling on sanctions against Hungary

The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted on Wednesday in favour of a report that calls on member states to begin sanction proceedings against Hungary over accusations of failing to guarantee European values. The report drafted by Dutch GreenLeft MEP Judith Sargentini accuses the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of breaching EU values, and calls for the opening of the... Еще Article 7 procedure which may ultimately lead to a member state losing its voting rights in the European Council. The EP accepted the Sargentini Report by a margin of 448 to 197, with 48 abstentions. The Sargentini Report accuses Budapest of press freedom restrictions and cites UN concerns regarding allegations of migrant abuse by Hungarian border authorities, among other charges. The Hungarian government claimed the EU was taking revenge on it with the draft report because of Budapest's contrariety to the bloc's migrant quotas.

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