The European Parliament in Strasbourg passed a motion on Wednesday declaring that Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU’s core values, triggering a disciplinary process that could exacerbate deep divisions within the bloc.
Parliament decided for the first time to admit so-called Article 7 process, citing concerns about judicial independence, corruption, freedom of expression, academic freedom, the rights of minorities and migrants, and other issues. 448 votes were in favor, 97 members of the European Parliament opposed and 48 abstained.
The Article 7 process can lead to a member country being stripped of its right to vote in the Council of the European Union but with Hungary will probably not the whole issue get that far. Also many of EU governments are against this step.
There are many reasons why European Parliament decided to pass the motion. One of them is regarding to Viktor Orban´s hard-line rejection of Muslim refugees and migrants or l “Stop Brussels” anti-European Commission campaign he launched last year.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó decried the vote as “revenge” by pro-migration politicians. Orbán himself addressed the Parliament the day before the vote and in his speach he portrayed his country as a defender of conservative Christian values and refused to offer any concessions to his critics.