Death penalty: Europe vs. Orban

Hungary’s prime minister Victor Orban has said he wants to debate the possible reintroduction of the death penalty with his European Union partners. (BBC)

European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker issued a strong demand to Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban on Thursday to drop his suggestion that the country might reintroduce capital punishment. (Reuters)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban had a phone call. Hungarian PM reassured Schulz that the Hungarian government has no plans to take any steps to introduce the death penalty. (EP Press Release)

The EU Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt asked the European People’s Party leadership to stand up against Orban whose party Fidesz is a full member of the EPP.

Human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe Nils Muiznieks has expressed concern over “the populist trend in political discourse in Hungary” in connection with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s recent remarks on the death penalty and other subjects. (Hungary Today)