EU Votes To Trigger Article 7 On Hungary And Strip The Country Of Its EU Voting Rights

18 Sep

Colton Hveem

Tensions between political factions of Europe continue to rise. Hungary, seen by many as the opposition leader to the ruling EU policy platform, has been under constant attack from more liberal European forces. The latest move is substantial, as the EU voted on Wednesday to move forward with Article 7 procedures against Hungary.

The vote will in effect “censure the Hungarian government” on account of an accused failure “to uphold fundamental European Union values,” DW reports. “The measure to trigger Article 7 sanctions procedures garnered the necessary majority needed to pass, with 448 voting in favor of the motion, 197 against and 48 abstentions. The move means that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government could eventually lose its EU voting rights.

While the proposed reason is due to Hungary’s violation of EU values, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has an alternative interpretation of the event. Mr. Szijjarto suggests the decision is “petty revenge” by “pro-immigration politicians” in response to Hungary’s tough immigration policies.

The vote is not an immediate penalization of Hungary, but does now make it possible for EU to issues sanctions on their defiant Eastern European member, as well as a temporary loss of voting rights on the EU Council.

Nigel Farage of England expresses his take away from the vote below.

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