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“The Hybrid System of Electoral Autocracy”. The European Parliament has recognized that there is no longer any democracy in Hungary

"The Hybrid System of Electoral Autocracy".  The European Parliament has recognized that there is no longer any democracy in Hungary
  • “Hungary can no longer be considered a democracy, and European values ​​are systematically threatened there,” the European Parliament said in a report adopted on Thursday.
  • Hungary threatens the fundamental democratic values ​​on which the European Union was founded
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The motion voted by (433 deputies voted in favor; 123 against and 28 abstained) – is another symbolic rebuke by the EU against Hungary, which has been criticized for years for its lack of rule of law. However, Parliament’s motion is unlikely to result in any specific penalty or amendment.

In the report, members of Parliament referred to a number of comments: from the functioning of the electoral system in the country to the independence of the judiciary. Parliamentarians also expressed concern about academic and religious freedom as well as the rights of social minorities.

“We deeply regret that the EU’s failure to take decisive action has contributed to the collapse of democracy, rule of law and basic rights in Hungary, making the country a hybrid electoral authoritarian regime,” said French MP Gwendolyn Delbus-Courfield.

The European Commission has been fighting a battle for the rule of law with Hungary for a long time. On the use of public funds to enrich cronies of the ruling party Fidesz. On Sunday, the European Commission is expected to order a significant cut in EU funding for Hungary with the bid Victor Urban Several months to find a compromise.

Parliament has long criticized the state of Hungarian democracy. Already in 2013, he passed the so-called Tavares Report named after MP Roy Tavares, who for years warned of threats to judicial independence, media pluralism, the electoral system, religious freedom and minority rights in Hungary.

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In 2018, MEPs took the historic step of launching the so-called Article 7 EU action, against Hungary. This is the procedure to be followed when a member state violates basic democratic values. However, the proposal was suspended in the Council of the European Union.

Thursday’s report encourages the council to take further action against Hungary. The text contains a possible draft proposal to the council stating that “there is a clear risk of Hungary’s grave breach of the values ​​on which the Union was founded”.

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