Italy: Victory for Hungary as Brussels suffers another blow to its shrinking credibility.
FYI: The EU, unless they decide to change the rules again, will need 22 YES votes (80% of the nation states) in the EU Council to move forward with sanctions against Hungary.
– Having taken opposing views regarding the Sargentini Report in the EU Parliament, Italy’s coalition partners – the League (Interior Minister Matteo Salvini) and the Five Star Movement (Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio) – agreed to compel the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to abstain from the vote on behalf of Italy at the forthcoming EU Council meeting.
The decision taken was in response to a resolution adopted earlier today in the lower house of the national parliament in Rome.
The parliament’s resolution stipulates that by adopting the Sargentini report on Hungary, the EU parliament has breached its own duty to respect the rights and sovereignty of each nation state of the Union.
It also compels the Prime Minister to officially demand that the EU Council strikes down the vote on enacting Article 7 procedure against Hungary from the next meeting’s agenda.
Reported by Sebastian Baxter.
Source: Il Fatto Quotidiano, RAI