Hungary to take legal steps against critical EU ruling: PM Orban
14 September, 2018, 11:30 pm
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s government will decide on Monday on legal steps to challenge a European parliament ruling against the country for flouting democratic standards, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to sanction Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption.
Orban told state radio he expected a “serious legal debate” about the decision.
He also criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after she appealed to EU states on Thursday to ensure the Frontex border agency had sufficient powers to be help stop illegal migration, in line with European Commission plans.
“So the plan is that if Hungary cannot be forced to let in migrants, then it must be stripped of its right to protect its borders,” Orban said.
“They want to send mercenaries here from Brussels and take away this …from our Hungarian sons … who are protecting the borders. And we should not have any illusions, they will let in the migrants.”