Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Hungary's Orban continues to defy the European Union with Russian Federation trip

Hungary's Orban continues to defy the European Union with Russian Federation trip

The group may now consider whether to suspend Orban's Fidesz party.

MEPs have voted overwhelmingly for action against the Hungarian government for undermining the bloc's democratic values and rule of law.

While Orban's actions have provoked opposition, they have been applauded by populists in the European Union, with prominent far-right figures floating the idea of forging a pan-European alliance ahead of next year's elections.

The Minister noted that Hungary has several ideas for expanding cooperation between the two countries, adding that these ideas will be voiced on Tuesday at the meeting of Orban and Putin.

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Since coming to power, his government has taken a hard-line stance against immigration.

Removes references to the parliament president - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, front, delivers his address during the opening of the autumn session of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

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It introduced a law which made it a criminal offence for lawyers and activists to help asylum seekers, under the banner of "facilitating illegal immigration".

It was an unprecedented step that left Orban isolated from some powerful allies in the European Parliament. I hope that action will be taken against other countries which breach European Union treaties, as Poland and Hungary are not the only European Union member states violating treaties, " Gobins said, mentioning the Maastricht criteria as one area which some member states are now breaching. This could eventually lead to sanctions, such as the suspension of the voting rights in the Council.

"If Orban before the vote did not promise any agreement or compromise, why expect that he will do it afterwards?" said Peter Kreko, head of the Political Capital think-tank in Budapest.

"It's a long-standing principle of a number of MEPs from different countries and from different parties not to believe that the European Parliament should interfere in or censure the internal democracy of a particular country".

A source told the Press Association Mr Gove's "instinct" was to be "critical" of Mr Orban.

Asked by Marr if the party needed Mr Orban's support for its Brexit plan, Mr Gove said: "No, because I think it would be wrong for me at a time when we need solidarity against a number of different threats - you mention anti-Semitism".

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