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The right to the european Parliament, meeting within the EPP group, is "facing its ambiguities", said Wednesday, Marine Le Pen on the day of a vote in the european Parliament on a procedure for the Hungary of Viktor Orban, accused of violating EU values.

The resolution to trigger Article 7 of the Treaty of the European Union requires the European Council to confirm that Hungary has breached treaty values, and could ultimately lead to sanctions, including a suspension of the country's voting rights.

Some members of the European People's Party bloc - which Hungarian PM Viktor Orban's Fidesz movement belongs to - voted against their ally in Budapest.

But Judith Sargentini, who is spearheading the vote on whether to take action against Hungary, told fellow MEPs that the time had come for them to make an "important choice" after eight years under Orban.

The Hungarian foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, called the vote "petty revenge" against his country's tough anti-migration policies.

There were 448 votes in favour of triggering Article 7, with 197 votes against and 48 abstentions.

Mr Szijjarto said Hungary was considering legal options to appeal against the result because of the way the vote was tallied.

Orban plans to deliver a "frank and outspoken" defence of his stance before the European Parliament, which will decide whether to start steps that could lead to political sanctions against Hungary.

"Do you Hungarians know better, they need inquired of the deputies of Orban".

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The Commission has preferred to pressure Budapest through standard legal powers, but the head of the European Union executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, also an EPP member, said he would have voted for the move if he were a lawmaker. The European Commission launched Article 7 proceedings against Poland past year that have yet to reach the European Parliament.

"Whatever your decision will be, Hungary will not accede to this blackmail", an angry Orban told the lawmakers, whom he alleged had already made up their mind to activate article seven of the European Union treaty and seek measures to restrict his government's voting rights.

The experts called on Hungary to "refrain from engaging in practices that are threatening fundamental civic freedoms, in particular, the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association, as well as the principle of non-refoulement and the ban on incitement to hatred and discrimination", and encourages European institutions to continue applying pressure on the Hungarian government.

One of the biggest sticking points, however, is the response to the European migrant crisis by the Hungarian government, which has refused to participate in an EU-wide refugee relocation scheme.

Orban, who was re-elected in April to his third consecutive term in office, fourth overall, also said Tuesday that he expected lawmakers to approve the motion with the support of some EPP lawmakers.

Their decision was made even more contentious when members of the EPP, the centre-right political group of Orban's Fidesz party, announced Tuesday that they would support the report.

Hungary adopted legislation in July that further restricts asylum claims and criminalizes "supporting and facilitating illegal immigration".

"We are going back to a European history none of us want to see again", said European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans.


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