|Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban|
European Commission president's remarks follow controversial greeting of Hungary PM as "dictator" at Riga summit last month
Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has warned that Hungary could be thrown out of the EU if it goes ahead with proposals to reintroduce the death penalty.
Mr Juncker's comments come just over a week after he sparked controversy at an EU summit in Riga by greeting Viktor Orban, Hungary's prime minister, with the words "Hello dictator".
In an interview with Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Mr Juncker on Monday warned that "if Hungary wanted to introduce the death penalty, that would be a ground for divorce."
"A reason for divorce! One of my political beliefs is that there shall be no death penalty. Anyone who introduces the death penalty has no place in the European Union."
Mr Orban's relations with other EU leaders have been strained for some time over his close ties with Russia and authoritian policies.
His government has stressed it has no plans to reintroduce the death penalty, and says it only broached the subject because of increased public debate surrounding it.
Mr Orban said late last week he is ready to talk with Brussels but "is against anyone driving the country out of the EU and Nato".
"For us Hungarians they are our family," he said.
Source: The Telegraph, June 1, 2015
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