Hungary should be excluded from the EU: Luxembourg

Hungary should be excluded from the EU: LuxembourgHungary should be suspended or even expelled from the European Union because of its "massive violation" of EU fundamental values, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told the Germany's newspaper Die Welt on Tuesday.

"We cannot accept that the basic values of the European Union are being so seriously breached," Asselborn said, addressing Hungary’s tough anti-migrant policies.

The EU could not tolerate "such inappropriate behaviour", he said. "Anyone, like Hungary, who builds fences against war refugees or breaches press freedom and the independence of the justice system should be temporarily, or if needed forever, excluded from the EU," Asselborn added.

In order to fight enormous influx of migrants and refugees, Hungary has already sealed its borders with Serbia and Croatia and built a 175km (110-mile) razor-wire fence to stop people crossing on their way to Austria.

“The fence that Hungary is building to keep out refugees is getting longer, higher and more dangerous. Hungary is not far from issuing an order to shoot refugees," Asselborn said.

Also Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was widely criticized for organizing a referendum next month against future EU quotas stipulating how many refugees each country should take. A referendum will take place on 2 October to vote about EU's plans to relocate 160,000 refugees. Orban government has campaigned vigorously for a No vote.

In response to Asselborn, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that his Luxembourg counterpart had "long left the ranks of politicians who could be taken seriously". Asselborn was a "frivolous character", he said, adding that he was "patronising, arrogant and frustrated".
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