Hillary Clinton slams Tories for not speaking out against Hungary
It was âdishearteningâ to w atch Conservative Party members of the European Parliament fail to censure Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor OrbÃ¡n, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday, adding that they have âcome a long way since the days of Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill.â
The former U.S. secretary of state criticized the Toriesâ decision to oppose action against Hungary for breaching the EUâs core values, the Guardian reported.
Speaking at a conference at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Clinton said: âI hope the EU and the people of Europe will resist the backsliding we are seeing in the east. Itâs disheartening to watch conservatives in Brussels vote to shield Viktor OrbÃ¡n from censure, including British Tories. They have come a long way since the days of Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill.â
She added that countries such as Hungary and Turkey are not real d emocracies, âjust illiberal ones.â
Last month, the European Parliament voted to trigger the EUâs most serious disciplinary procedure â" known as Article 7 â" citing concerns about judicial independence, corruption, freedom of expression, academic freedom, the rights of minorities and migrants, and other issues. Conservative MEPs did not vote in favor.
U.K. Environment Secretary Michael Gove defended Conservative MEPs. He said Tory European lawmakersâ decision was because of âa long-standing principleâ that the European Parliament should not âinterfere in, or censure, the internal democracy of a particular country.â
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