EU LAW­MAK­ERS MOVE TO PUN­ISH PM OR­BAN

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban suf­fered a rare po­lit­i­cal set­back Wed­nes­day as Euro­pean Union law­mak­ers voted to pur­sue un­prece­dented ac­tion against his gov­ern­ment for al­legedly un­der­min­ing the bloc’s demo­cratic val­ues and rule of law. Hun­gary vowed to chal­lenge it.

While he seeks to keep his rul­ing Fidesz party within the con­ser­va­tive Euro­pean Peo­ple’s Party, or EPP, the largest and most pow­er­ful group in the Euro­pean assem­bly, its pos­si­ble ouster may push him closer to other far-right groups in Europe, like the na­tion­al­ist Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD) or France’s Na­tional Rally led by Marine le Pen.

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