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EU: Brussels Mulls What to Do About Hungary and Romania

Mar 22, 2019 | 17:30 GMT

These are troubled times for some of the most controversial governments in the European Union. On March 20, the European People's Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, decided to suspend the membership of Hungary's governing Fidesz party. The EPP's decision came after months of debate over Fidesz's constant attacks on EU institutions and leaders, including EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker -- himself an EPP member. As a result of the suspension, Fidesz will no longer receive invitations to attend EPP meetings, exercise the right to vote in the group or propose candidates for posts in the party. The EPP made the announcement on the same day as Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said he was considering calling a referendum for May 26 on some of the controversial reforms that Romania's center-left government -- an administration with which he frequently clashes -- has introduced regarding the country's judiciary....

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