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EU, Hungary at odds once more over Hungarian ‘sovereignty’ legislation

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European Union flags fly exterior the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. File
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The European Commission, the EU’s government arm, launched an ‘infringement procedure’ into Hungary’s new Defence of National Sovereignty legislation, setting Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on a collision course with the bloc. Under the controversial legislation, Hungarian authorities will have the ability to use the intelligence companies to analyze people and organisations concerned within the democratic and electoral course of and allegedly receiving overseas funds.

The Commission mentioned the legislation, which got here into impact in December, violated the democratic values of the EU and the proper to privateness of its residents and the liberty of affiliation amongst different considerations. Mr. Orban claims the legislation is meant to curb overseas affect in Hungary.

Mr. Orban, whose Fidesz celebration has a parliamentary majority, isn’t any stranger to being remoted from his EU and Western allies.  The Hungarian chief was initially an outlier blocking a $54 billion EU help bundle for Ukraine introduced on February 1. Mr. Obran ultimately lifted his veto. He has additionally been holding out on a parliamentary vote to ratify Sweden’s membership to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

The Hungarian authorities may have two months to reply to the EU’s infringement discover.

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