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Greens want Merkel to be tough on Hungary and Poland

Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) to show rigor against Hungary and Poland in the stalled negotiations on the EU budget package.

Berlin - "Now it's up to the Chancellor. Angela Merkel has shown herself to be a capable negotiator. This conflict is tailor-made for her," said Göring-Eckardt to the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

"As an East German, she can do no mercy when it comes to the rule of law. Merkel must be tough on Poland and Hungary," she demanded. "Hungary and Poland think they could prevent funding from being linked to compliance with the rule of law. They are mistaken," said Göring-Eckardt.She emphasized, however, that there are violations of the rule of law not only in Hungary and Poland. "The way we deal with refugees in the Aegean is an occasion to take the Greek government to court, too," said Göring-Eckardt.

"If Europe really cares as much about the rule of law as it claims to Hungary and Poland, it must not turn a blind eye to rule-of-law violations in Greece," she demanded. "The rejection of migrants on the open sea is not compatible with the rule of law. It is also unacceptable to freeze and starve people in Greek slum camps," emphasized the politician, who in September had made her own picture of the situation on Lesbos.

The situation has "not improved a bit" since the fire in Moria. "Ms. Merkel lifts her index finger, but that's not enough," said Goering-Eckardt to the RND.

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