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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The situation in Hungary (debate)

  Antanas Guoga (PPE), in writing. – Mr Orban, in April last year when you were in the European Parliament, you stated that you wanted to correct the Union and to reform it because that was the only way to regain people’s confidence. Why don’t you start with yourself first?

A year after that discussion in Parliament, we see that the situation in Hungary is getting worse. The report lists 12 serious issues which threaten the rule of law, including the functioning of the constitutional and electoral system, the suppression of freedom of expression, freedom of religion and academic freedom, and conflicts of interest, to name just a few of them. It seems that the only actual ‘EU value’ which you accept and follow is EU funding. You want to get the money but you don’t want to play by the rules. What kind of business deal is that?

We, the EU MEPs, have to stand up together for EU values: we have to protect them because the protection of EU values means the protection of EU citizens, including, in this regard, Hungarian citizens. Mr Orban, when will you have had enough of ruling Hungary using communist-type practices?

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