Published On: Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

EU news: Slovakian PM blasts EU calls to sanction Hungary for Orban victory | World | News

Slovakian PM Peter Pellegrini urged the European Union to desist from imposing sanctions on Hungary and respect the reelection of president Viktor Orbán.

The eurosceptic leader secured a landslide vote, winning a super-majority that granted him sole control of the country’s Government.

Mr Pellegrini told Bloomberg: “I think Hungary is our neighbouring country and I have to say we should not comment on what is going on there because we speak a lot in Brussels about the rule of law.

“We need to respect democracy and everything.

“In Hungary there were democratic elections and it is the decision of the Hungarian people and we have to respect the results.”

Last week a draft report from the European Parliament suggested the institution could seek to impose sanctions on Hungary due to “systematic threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.”

Judith Sargentini, the MEP charged with the report, said: “It is shocking how many warning have been given since 2010. The time for issuing warnings has passed.

“We need to stand up for the Hungarian people whose rights have been undermined by their government.”

Commenting on his victory, Mr Orbán announced a series of changes to Hungary’s relationship with the European Union to protect the sovereign powers of the country

The Prime Minister said: “The election, in my view, also decided that the Hungarian government must stand up for a Europe of nations and not for a ‘United States of Europe’.”

Despite speculation of sanctions, EU Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Mr Orbán for his reelection and agreed to a visit to Hungary in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for the European Commission said: “President Juncker spoke to Prime Minister Orbán on the phone on issues of common interest.

“Orbán invited President Juncker to visit Budapest in the next few weeks and President Juncker accepted.”

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