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Navracsics opposes Orbánʼs wishes on probe of Poland

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European Commissioner for Culture and Youth Tibor Navracsics apparently went against the wishes of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán by choosing not to block a motion for the European Commission to investigate the situation of the rule of law in Poland, the online version of weekly HVG reported yesterday.

Orbán said last week that the EU should not be considering sanctions against Warsaw, as these would not be supported by Hungary and such a move required full consensus from all member states, according to a report by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).

Navracsics was Foreign Minister in Orbánʼs cabinet before Hungary nominated him for his current appointment in Brussels. The article in FAS said the Commission would start discussing a probe against Poland on Wednesday and that all member states appeared to be in agreement that it should go through.

Poland would be the first country to undergo an examination into the state of rule of law in a member state, based on a new directive adopted in 2014. Poland recently curtailed the independence of its constitutional court and public media within a very short time span, hvg.hu said.

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