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On September 11th, in an unprecedented move, the European Parliament (EP) voted to pursue Article 7 disciplinary actions against Hungary. The impetus for the motion came from a report that accused Hungary of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law, and that these actions are inconsistent with the core EU values. If national leaders approve the measure, Hungary will face an uncertain array of sanctions that may include the loss of its voting rights in the EU.
Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban (pictured above) gave an impassioned speech denouncing the motion, arguing that there are serious factual errors in the allegations. The Parliament’s decision to move forward with sanctions has met with backlash, primarily from nationalists who reject the power of a continental conglomerate to strip voting rights from individual countries. On the other hand, even if the EP only takes more time to verify the allegations, backing down may further weaken the EU’s ability to steer member states in the right direction. What should the Parliament do?
This week’s topics of debate include sanctions on Hungary, ethical campaign finance, the latest on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, cohesion funding for Baltic states, FEMA, and more!
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