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> Orban personally flew to intervene in the debate ahead of the vote, in a fiery speech, vowing he would not give into blackmail. That drawing applause in the chamber from French, British and Dutch far right law makers.
He says Muslim refugees pose an existential threat to Europe's Christian civilization. Though the EU has protested, it's largely failed to stop what critics call, his growing authoritarianism. Wednesday's decision changes that. Reuter's Cristina Tan is in Budapest.>> The vote was overwhelming, 448 Representatives out of over 700 Representatives, voted in favor of this report condemning Hungary.
And many of Orban's allies, deserted him, voted against him.>> But this is only the beginning of a showdown with Orban. Now EU states must decide what to do with Hungary. The most severe punishment is stripping Hungary of EU voting rights.>> Even though this vote passed today, condemning Hungary for overstepping EU rules on democracy, rule of law, and civil rights.
It's highly unlikely that Hungary would actually be sanctioned, because in the end, Poland is likely to veto any sanctions against Hungary.>>