What Happened: A two-thirds majority in the European Parliament voted Sept. 12 to trigger Article 7 proceedings against Hungary for failing to respect the rule of law or democratic principles, Euractiv reported.
Why It Matters: The Article 7 procedure could lead to sanctions and a suspension of Hungary's EU voting rights, but the matter requires unanimous approval from all EU member states.
Background: Poland has already been targeted by Article 7 proceedings. The governments of both Hungary and Poland have promised to protect one another from sanctions in any vote requiring unanimity.
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