European lawmakers attack Hungary for attacking democratic values

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BRUSSELS — European Union lawmakers said on Thursday that Hungary’s nationalist government was deliberately trying to undermine the bloc’s democratic values ​​and they lamented the failure of the other 26 EU countries to take steps that would bring the country back into line. path.

In a resolution adopted by 433 votes to 123, with 28 abstentions, the parliamentarians expressed their concerns regarding Hungary’s constitutional and electoral systems, judicial independence, possible corruption, irregularities in public procurement, LGBTQ+ rights, as well as media, academic and religious freedoms.

The lawmakers also condemned “the deliberate and systematic efforts of the Hungarian government to undermine the founding values ​​of the Union”.

The vote is highly symbolic in that it sets Hungary apart from other EU countries in its alleged failure to uphold the values ​​enshrined in the EU Treaty such as “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”.

But the vote, which took place during a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, does not impose any sanctions on Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, nor does it require other EU countries to take any particular action.

In their resolution, the lawmakers said the Hungarian government – ​​which Orban describes as “illiberal democracy” – has become “a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy”. They partly blame EU member countries for turning a blind eye to possible abuses.

Lawmakers opposed to a report containing the resolution said it contains “subjective opinions and politically biased statements, and reflects vague concerns, value judgments and double standards.”

Yet Hungary has long been on a collision course with its European partners. He regularly blocked statements, decisions and joint events. These range from high-level NATO meetings with Ukraine to an EU vote on corporate tax and a common EU position on an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire. .

The government in Budapest has opposed some EU sanctions against Russia, including an asset freeze on the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as energy-related measures against Moscow.

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