The right-wing nationalist majority in the Hungarian parliament wants to abolish the directly elected European Parliament. Budapest wants to return to a parliament composed of deputies appointed by member states.
The decision of the Budapest parliament was approved by 130 deputies from the Fidesz party headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Fifty deputies voted against.
Members of the European Parliament have been directly elected since 1979. Previously, the European Parliament consisted of national representatives.
The Hungarian Parliament’s resolution also called for a move away from the ambition of establishing a “closer union” of European peoples with the European Union, as described in Article 1 of the European Treaty. It is one of the absolute pillars of the Federation.
With his ambition to make Hungary an “illiberal” democracy, Orbán has been on a collision course in the European Union for years. The commission accuses him of undermining the rule of law and democracy.
While critics say it is virtually impossible to vote for a majority in Orbán’s system in elections, Hungary’s strongman wants to restore his country’s “sovereignty” and defend its “Christian and patriotic values”. Orbán believes that the cosmopolitan and technocratic EU only jeopardizes these values.
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