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Victor Orban during the debate on the political situation in Hungary | by European Parliament
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Victor Orban during the debate on the political situation in Hungary

Orbán faces political group leaders in heated debate on Hungary

 

Passions ran high in the chamber on Wednesday as several political group leaders raised concerns not only over specific legal and constitutional provisions in Hungary, but also what they saw as a wider undermining of democratic values in that country. Others vigorously opposed this view, warning that such an approach went too far. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told MEPs that straightforward solutions to meet concerns could be found.

 

The debate in Parliament came one day after the European Commission started infringement procedures against Hungary on three specific laws. The discussion saw highly contrasting views from opposite sides of the House on how to address the situation.

 

www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/content/20120113...

 

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