Jean Asselborn says Hungary is undermining EU values
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Asselborn wants EU to kick out Hungary
Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, has called for the EU to expel Hungary over its treatment of refugees.
In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Luxembourg’s foreign minister expressed his anger at the Hungarian government’s policy on refugees, saying that Viktor Orbán’s regime was treating those who were fleeing war almost worse than animals. “The fence that Hungary is building along to keep out refugees is getting longer, higher and becoming more dangerous,” said Jean Asselborn. “Hungary is not far from giving orders to shoot refugees. Anyone who wants to surmount the fence has to reckon with the worst.”
Asselborn, the longest serving EU foreign minister, said that if Hungary were to apply to join the EU today its application would fail. “We cannot allow such basic values of the EU to be undermined,” he told Die Welt. “Those, like Hungary, that build fences to keep out war refugees or who injure the freedom of the press or the independence of the judiciary should be temporarily suspended, or if necessary, permanently expelled from the EU.”
The interview comes just days before an informal EU summit of 27 heads of state or government in Bratislava to discuss the post-Brexit future of the European Union. Asselborn also called for a change of the EU rules that require a unanimous vote in order to expel a member state. He said that the suspension of Hungary was the only way to maintain the EU’s solidarity and its values.