Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament, wants to take away Hungary’s right to vote in the EU because of the frequent extortion threats by the Orbán government. In an interview with MDR Aktuell, the German Social Democrat politician stated that Hungary was abusing the principle of unanimous consent commonly used in the European Union, writes n-tv.de.
Barley believes that Hungary’s right to vote can in principle be suspended due to the country’s rule of law violations, and that it is no longer possible to talk about democratic and constitutional conditions now that the country has gradually fallen into the hands of Viktor Orbán.
She noted that the principle of unanimous consent was adopted when the European Union had only six members, but has become unwieldy for 27 Member States. The problem is that the principle of unanimity can only be resolved through unanimous consent, she said.
The Orbán government recently drew negative attention to itself for repeatedly threatening to veto the sanctions package containing an oil embargo on Russian oil if Patriarch Kirill of Moscow was not removed from the list of sanctioned persons, which eventually happened on Thursday. [Népszava]