Germany’s left-green-liberal governing parties have asked the government not to support lifting the suspension of EU funds to Hungary because of the rule of law situation.
The lower house of the German federal parliament (Bundestag) supports the plan to cut EU payments to Hungary by 7.5 billion euros because of “corruption and violations of the rule of law,” German news agency DPA reports.
A resolution was adopted by the parliament in Berlin on Thursday night. It calls on the German government to agree to a funding cut in the European Council if the reforms promised by Hungary are deemed insufficient.
The governing parties voted in favor of the resolution, with The Left (Die Linke) and right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) voting against it, and Christian-democratic CDU/CSU abstaining.
Politico reported on Thursday that the parliamentary groups of the ruling coalition – the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – put forward the resolution.
“There are serious doubts about the political will of the Hungarian government to implement the necessary reforms not only in letter but also in fact,” Politico quoted from the resolution.
The Hungarian government has repeatedly underlined its commitment to implement the reforms it has undertaken. This week, the parliament adopted another law to reach an agreement with the European Commission. These laws are a priority for parliament, which is also the reason why the ratification of Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO is not yet on the agenda.
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