European Parliament Declares Hungary an “Electoral Autocracy”

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Legislators say Budapest is undermining fundamental EU values EU legislators said Hungary has turned into a “hybrid regime of electoral autocracy” led by a nationalist government. In their opinion, Hungary is undermining the bloc’s democratic values and is no longer part of the community of democracies. Parliamentarians expressed their concerns Thursday in a Resolution on Hungary’s electoral system, judiciary independence, possible corruption, violations in public procurement, LGBTQ+ rights and other freedoms. The Resolution was adopted by 433 votes in favor, 123 against and 28 abstentions. The legislators condemned the “deliberate and systematic efforts of the Hungarian government to undermine the fundamental values of the Union.” The vote is symbolic and does not entail any penalties for Hungary.