Hungaria PM Viktor Orban threatened EU sanctions

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a press conference after attending a plenary session at the European Parliament on the situation in Hungary, on April 26, 2017 in Brussels. The EU launched legal action against Hungary on April 26 setting up a major confrontation with Prime Minister Viktor Orban who accused Brussels of backing US billionaire investor George Soros instead of his country. Orban has sparked deep unease over legislation that could force the closure of the highly regarded Central European University in Budapest, founded by Soros. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Vastavam web: Hungarian populist premier Viktor Orban today denounced threatened EU sanctions over the country’s deteriorating rights situation and again accused Budapest-born US financier George Soros of pulling the strings in Brussels.The billionaire philanthropist has often been accused by hardliner Orban over the past two years of interfering in European Union affairs by backing open borders and pro-refugee policies and organisations.The strongman’s latest attack came after the European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on the European Commission to trigger a legal procedure known as Article Seven of the EU treaty.
The article, referred to as the bloc’s “nuclear option”, could lead to the suspension of Hungary’s voting rights in the Council of Ministers, the EU’s highest decision-making body.However, the EU would need unanimity of member states to establish that a violation has taken place and ally Poland would likely block it.The resolution, which passed by 393 votes to 221 in Strasbourg, said “recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights which is testing the EU’s ability to defend its founding values”.
It was backed by 68 lawmakers from the European People’s Party (EPP) group, which includes Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party.Orban said the real reason behind the resolution was the issue of migration.Budapest and Brussels have been at odds over Hungary’s hardline stance on immigration, described as a “Trojan horse of terrorism” by Orban.The prime minister accused Soros of masterminding an “intellectual, political, and economic interest group in Europe” who want to flood the continent with hundreds of thousands of migrants.Last month, the European Commission launched legal action against Hungary over a law that could shut the prestigious Soros-founded Central European University in Budapest.