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European Parliament vote to sanction Hungary is blackmail: Italy


Rome, Sep 12 (IANS/AKI) Italy's on Wednesday deplored the European Parliament's vote to punish Hungary's led by far-right Viktor Orban, calling the move "blackmail".

"won't give in to such blackmail and will continue to protect its borders," wrote on after the 448-197 vote by Euro MPs to sanction for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption.

"All my solidarity. No to sanctions and to trials of freely elected governments," read the post by Salvini, who is also Italy's

Much of Orban's conservative European People's Party in the which includes German Angela Merkel's voted in favour of the motion to sanction over the rule of law.

Wednesday's vote is the first time the has voted to take such action against a member state under EU rules.

Under Article 7 of the treaty, breaching the bloc's founding principles can lead to the suspension of a member state's rights as a punitive measure.



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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 21:18 IST