September 11, 2018 / 2:02 PM / 9 months ago

Key EU parliament leader says punishment "could be needed" unless Hungary compromises

STRASBOURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The leader of the biggest fraction in the European Parliament told a Tuesday debate over accusations that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is flouting democracy that punitive steps “could be needed” unless Budapest compromises.

“Without a readiness of the Hungarian government to solve the current issues, the legal concerns that are on the table, the start of a dialogue based on Article 7.1 could be needed,” Manfred Weber, the head of the European People’s Party (EPP) said.

But Weber also spoke of “building bridges” and “sticking together”, as well as taking a jibe at EU national leaders for avoiding making any final decisions in a similar rule of law case against Poland. (Reporting by Alastair Macdonald, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska)

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