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On September 12, by accepting a report on Hungary with a two-thirds vote, the European Parliament initiated a process, outlined in Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty, that could potentially lead to Hungary’s losing its voting rights in the European Council. The report, by rapporteur Judith Sargentini, voiced concerns over 12 issues ranging from corruption to the limitation of academic freedoms, curtailing media freedoms and civil rights.1 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán denies the accusations and argues that some western European democracies are using the report to punish Hungary because of its anti-immigration sentiment.

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