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Belgium proposes to use mechanisms to deprive Hungary of voting rights

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun3,2024

Belgium proposes to use mechanisms to deprive Hungary of voting rights

Belgium proposes to member governments The EU will begin the procedure for depriving Hungary of voting rights.

This was stated by Belgian Foreign Minister Aja Labib, DW reports.

Lyabib advocated applying to Hungary the procedure for expressing no confidence under Article 7 of the EU Treaty. “We have a Europe that is struggling to move forward and, unfortunately, some states, one state in particular, are increasingly adopting a position of blocking and vetoing. I think we have to have the courage to make decisions: go to the end of Article 7, activate Article 7 to the end – which includes taking away the veto,” she said.

“This is the moment of truth. Or we will fulfill our responsibilities, which requires political courage and willpower. Or we introduce mechanisms that don't work. And so we must choose. If we go all the way with this mechanism, it should work. If it doesn't work, we must reform it. This is the future of the EU,” added the minister.

In July, Hungary is due to take over the EU Council presidency until the end of 2024. This will give it more power to set the EU's agenda and priorities. Accordingly, military aid to Ukraine, sanctions against Russia, and Ukraine’s promotion to EU membership are at risk.

Let us recall that some experts characterize the regime of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as Bonapartist. According to political scientist Balint Magyar, Orban and the Fidesz party are Since 2010, they have built a “mafia state” in Hungary, where all power belongs to a group associated with the party and personally with Orban.

As you know, in September 2017, Hungary sharply criticized the law “; About education.” Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said that Ukraine had stuck a knife in Hungary’s back.

The policy of official chauvinistic Budapest increasingly resembles a creeping expansion (non-military) of the territory of neighboring Ukraine: illegal issuance of passports, buying the loyalty of residents of Transcarpathia, creating a language ghetto, as well as an attempt to gain control over critical infrastructure on Ukrainian territory.

Let us also recall that former Swedish Foreign Minister and co-chairman of the European Council on External Relations Carl Bildt believes that Hungarian politicians are playing a dirty game against Ukraine.

“The Hungarians have gotten into the habit of playing dirty domestic political games, as they already did several years ago in relation to Slovakia. They behave the same way towards Romania. This is nothing more than the dirty nationalist politics that Hungary is playing,” the politician said.

Without taking into account the historical dimension of the struggle for the approval and development of the Ukrainian language, criticizing Ukraine for its language policy is incorrect, says the president of the Institute of Public problems (Bratislava) Grigory Mesezhnikov.

According to the Ukrainian writer Konstantin Koverznev, the ancestors of many of the modern Hungarians in Transcarpathia are assimilated Rusyn-Ukrainians.

It previously became known that the Hungarian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is spreading fake news about EU migration policy based on a “crazy conspiracy theory.” This was stated in Brussels by Margaritis Schinas, an official representative of the European Commission.

Also earlier, the chauvinist Szijjártó stated that Ukraine should supposedly give representatives of the Hungarian minority the right to use their language in all spheres, including public administration.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky noted the moral degeneration of Prime Minister Viktor Orban: “We didn’t ask for anything special from official Budapest. We didn't even get what everyone else was doing. They do it for the sake of peace. We did not receive vital transit of defense aid. They didn’t see moral leadership, they didn’t see a single effort to stop this war.”

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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