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Martin Schulz (pictured), the President of the European Parliament, initiated a phone conversation with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over the Hungarian prime minister’s comments on the death penalty yesterday, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported today.

In response to a question put forward by Jörg Leichtfried at the convention of the European Parliament, Schulz said that he had seen Orbán’s comments in an international news reports and said that the reintroduction of capital punishment would be against the European Union’s laws and is essentially “barbarism”, Index reported.

The Press Chief at the Prime Minister’s Office, Bertalan Havasi, told Hungarian news agency MTI that the Hungarian prime minister is “at the service of President Schulz, as usual.”

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