Parliament debate on Tuesday precedes vote on Wednesday on whether to trigger little-used legal sanction against Hungarian PM

Members of the European parliament are being urged to take a stand against Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, by launching legal action against violations of the rule of law in the country.

MEPs will decide on Wednesday whether to trigger a little-tested EU rule of lawprocedure, which would mark a significant escalation in the bloc’s response to Orbán. Since the prime minister returned to power in 2010 he has presided over a weakening of press freedom, an erosion of judicial independence and the alleged misspending of EU funds by his friends and family.

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