Hun­gary sum­mons Span­ish am­bas­sador over xeno­pho­bia charge

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HUN­GARY’S for­eign min­istry has sum­moned the Span­ish am­bas­sador over com­ments made by the Span­ish for­eign min­is­ter that la­belled Hun­gary as xeno­pho­bic.

Ac­cord­ing to the Hun­gar­ian min­istry, Span­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Josep Bor­rell also said re­cently that there was no sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers in Hun­gary and no free press, de­scrib­ing the county as a “pseudo-democ­racy.”

Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­istry State Sec­re­tary Levente Mag­yar said Wed­nes­day that Bor­rell’s com­ments were “of­fen­sive and harsh” and ex­ceed an ac­cept­able level of crit­i­cism in Europe.

Mag­yar said Bor­rell’s state­ments about Hun­gary, which has very tough anti-im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies and was re­cently cen­sured by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment due to its per­ceived vi­o­la­tion of Euro­pean val­ues and the rule of law, were un­true.

He added that Bor­rell is sched­uled to visit Bu­dapest at the end of Oc­to­ber. – AP

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