EU wants to landslide sanctions against Hungary after Orbán election

The European Union is expected to impose sanctions on Hungary after Viktor Orbán won a landslide victory in the country’s recent general election.

It seems that the European Union is not happy with the outcome of Hungary’s recent general election, as many in Brussels appear to be hoping that the country’s united opposition would manage to unseat long-time conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

However, following Orbán’s recent landslide victory, the EU appears to be taking a different approach to cracking down on the populist government.

According to a report by Euronews, the European Commission has triggered the so-called “conditionality mechanism” over alleged Hungarian breaches of EU law.

The move – which was only recently declared lawful by a European court – opens the eastern European country to economic sanctions, allowing the EU to freeze funds sent to the eastern European country, which are reportedly currently amounting to around five billion euros a year amount .

Although the exact reasons for triggering the mechanism were not given, the commission has previously repeatedly targeted Hungary for alleged “corruption” in relation to its judiciary, with many in Europe also questioning the cultural dominance of conservatives in their national media .

Both Hungary and Poland were previously seen by the EU as prime targets for the rules before the Ukraine crisis erupted again in late February, with the bloc blaming both countries for democratic flaws that did not align with European values.

Following Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine, Hungary appears to have become the main internal target for Brussels’ ire, with Orbán’s government accused of unfairly influencing the election through the cultural capital of conservatives in Hungary.

The feeling that the Hungarian government should be punished for perceived violations of the European order seems to be widespread among union elites, with some within the EU hailing the possibility of sanctions.

“[The EU Commission] acts finally [against] Hungary within the rule of law mechanism”, wrote Romanian MEP Ramona Strugariu online. “It’s time Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán paid for all violations of democracy, [Human Rights] and [Rule of Law].”

Others, meanwhile, have attacked Orbán for his alleged friendliness towards Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly run afoul of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Hungary has to choose its side and whether they belong to the EU and NATO,” said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavskỷ, noting that he was “not satisfied with the outcome of Hungary’s elections.”

“We are facing existential problems” The guard says Finnish MEP Petri Sarvamaa. “These are totalitarian authoritarian regimes against the democratic world and Orbán seems ready to be a part of them [first] Camp.”

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