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European Commission steps up pressure on Hungary over Soros university, NGO laws, migration

The European Union's executive on Thursday stepped up its pressure on the nationalist government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary over its treatment of immigrants, non-governmental groups and a prominent university - Reuters reports.
On Thursday, the European Commission released statements announcing that it is:

•referring Hungary to the EU's Court of Justice "on the grounds that its Higher Education Law as amended on 4 April 2017 disproportionally restricts EU and non-EU universities in their operations and needs to be brought back in line with EU law,"
•referring Hungary to the Court of Justice for its law on foreign-funded NGOs, and
•referring the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice for non-compliance with their legal obligation to participate in the resettlement of asylum-seekers.
After months or even years of failing to comply with EU law, Hungary is now in the hot seat. These three issues (NGOs, refugee relocation, and Lex Central European University) are perhaps the most hot-button issues for Hungary's ruling Fidesz party.
If the past is any indication, the Hungarian government will attempt to spin this development as but another attempt by American-Hungarian financier and CEU founder George Soros to undermine the will of the Hungarian people.
Coincidentally, Hungary's foreign minister Péter Szijjártó was in Brussels Thursday to participate in a hearing of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), where the Hungarian government took quite a tongue-lashing from MEPs concerning "the situation in Hungary."
At home, Fidesz has described the happenings in Brussels as nothing less than a coordinated attack against Hungary by stooges of Soros.
"Brussels, which is under the influence of the Soros empire, opened fire on Hungary," Fidesz wrote in a statement released after the Court of Justice cases were announced. "The legal proceedings are open political blackmail and tools to apply pressure on Hungary. The Brussels Commission attacked Hungary today in three areas, all of which serve George Soros' interests."
With no opposition party poised to topple Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Fidesz anytime soon, the government's campaign against the Open Society Foundation's Soros will no doubt intensify in the run-up to the national election in April, 2018.
"The true intention behind these attacks is that Hungary stands in the way of the Soros plan, and that explains this unprecedented attack against our homeland," the Fidesz statement says. "Fidesz calls on the government to do everything it can to protect the Hungarian people and Hungarian national interests."
Source: Reuters;

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:52

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