Both the European Commission and Hungarian government have rejected suggestions of impropriety on the part of Commissioner Günther Oettinger over trips he made to Budapest in May on a lobbyist's private jet.
The European Union is powerless to act against the slide towards authoritarianism being seen in Poland and Hungary, the head of the bloc's executive, the European Commission, admitted.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Friday urged the EU to better address Hungary's "sustained attack" on human rights and democracy since Prime Minister Viktor Orbán took office in 2010.
The European Commission has found that the progressive nature of Hungary’s advertisement tax rates grant a selective advantage to certain companies, and is therefore in breach of European Union’s state aid rules.
Commenting on last week’s European Union summit, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said a stalemate had emerged because the European Union’s migrant quota proposal was still on the table.
The European Parliament has called on Ankara to release all journalists in prison without proof of alleged involvement in the July 15 failed coup attempt. European officials and politicians are also concerned about a clampdown on media freedom by the Hungarian government after the country’s largest opposition newspaper was shut down.
Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Sunday, and while the publisher cited commercial reasons, activists and journalists blamed a tough environment created by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.
Hungary's nationalist Jobbik party has called for Prime Minister Viktor Orban to resign because a referendum on rejecting European Union migrant quotas was rendered invalid by its low turnout.
The plan was proposed by the V4, comprising Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, before the informal EU summit in Bratislava earlier this month.
Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said Tuesday Hungary should be suspended from the European Union for violating democratic core values and treating refugees like "animals."