EU petition against Hungary's Orban & the right to "rule by decree".

This week, the Hungarian Parliament passed the Authorisation Act which allows Viktor Orbán to rule by decree for an indefinite amount of time.

Last week MEPs in the European Parliament's ALDE group, the Liberal Democrats, launched a petition calling for support against the passing of this Act and say they were overwhelmed by the number of responses.

A spokesman said, "But now our worst fears have been realised - The Act has been passed. Orbán has taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and has established a corona dictatorship which goes against freedom, democracy, solidarity and the rule of law."

Speaking on this issue on Monday ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen added, "Today is a very dark day for democracy in Hungary.

"I echo concerns raised by many others, including the Council of Europe, that an indefinite, uncontrolled state of emergency cannot guarantee the basic principles of democracy. The European Union now must take action. ALDE will continue to work with its member parties Momentum and Liberalisok to restore democracy, democratic accountability, and our sacred European values to Hungary.”

The spokesman said, "This is not how democracy in a member state of the European Union should work. Yes, extraordinary times require extraordinary measures - but not without proper control and oversight.

"How does this help to procure the medical equipment needed? How does this help to limit the infection rates? How does this help to support families and businesses in need?

"This is why we are asking you to sign our petition on behalf of the ALDE Party asking the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the European Council to take appropriate action against Viktor Orbán and his corona dictatorship now."

Dacian Çiolos MEP, President of the Renew Europe Group said, "The developments in Hungary are a red alert for liberal democracy in Europe and beyond. The current coronavirus crisis should not be used as a smokescreen for abusing power."

"When a member state persistently breaches the EU’s founding values we cannot sit by and do nothing. We must show Orbán and his government that taking advantage of a global pandemic for personal and party political gain will not be tolerated."

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