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Hungary’s LGBTQ law against EU values, says EC chief

European Commission President chief Ursula von der Leyen has stated that Hungary’s LGBTQ law goes against the European Union’s values.

The new law, which was passed on the 15th of June, prevents LGBTQ educational content from being taught to children in Hungary to which Leyen stated, “This bill clearly discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. And it goes against all the values, the fundamental values of the European Union,”.

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She added that the European Commission would raise legal concerns over the law with Budapest.

Recently, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijkarto criticised plans to illuminate Allianz Arena with the rainbow colours for the Euro 2020 games between Hungary and Germany to which he described as “harmful and dangerous.”

The recent controversy has turned the game into a battlefield between visions of Europe’s future to which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban described as an “illiberal democracy” against Western Europe’s “liberal consensus.”

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The plans were rejected by UEFA who responded to criticism on Twitter with, “Some people have interpreted UEFA’s decision to turn down the city of Munich’s request to illuminate the Munich stadium in rainbow colours for a Euro 2020 match as ‘political’. On the contrary, the request itself was political, linked to the Hungarian football team’s presence in the stadium for this evening’s match with Germany.”

A joint declaration initiated by Belgium highlights concerns over the new Hungarian law, with the declaration receiving signatures from fourteen EU countries.

The document stated that stigmatising LGBTIQ persons constitute a clear breach of their fundamental right to dignity while Leyen said that she will use all the powers of the commission to ensure that the rights of all EU citizens are guaranteed.

The issue is likely to be brought up at an EU summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

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