NY Times: Hungary defying EU principles

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The Hungarian government lead by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is “sliding toward authoritarianism” and defies fundamental EU principles, according an editorial in yesterday's New York Times.

The editorial board of The New York Times opposed this week's passage of a law that would allow Hungary to work on the South Stream Pipeline, which would let Russian natural gas shipments bypass Ukraine. “The new law is in clear violation of the European Parliament’s call in September for member states to cancel South Stream and of the economic sanctions against Russia imposed by the European Union and the United States after Russia’s actions in Ukraine,” according to their editorial.

The paper also questions freedom of speech and media in Hungary, saying that the current government is holding media under constant pressure. Furthermore the daily says that the government’s activities towards media representatives collide with fundamental rights outlined by the European Union.

Should Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, fail to take steps for putting an end to Hungary’s current activities, the foundation of the European Union could be violated, the editorial concludes.

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