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Hungary Risks EU Membership, Ex-U.S. Envoy Tells Nepszabadsag

Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban is “abusing” his power and eroding democracy, which may lead to the country losing its European Union membership, former U.S. ambassador to Budapest Mark Palmer told Nepszabadsag.

“Hungary’s ejection from the European Union is now no longer unthinkable,” Palmer, the ambassador to Hungary between 1986 and 1990, the time of transition to democracy from communism, told the Budapest-based newspaper. The country “won’t be tolerated if it no longer counts as a democracy.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Zoltan Simon in Budapest at zsimon@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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