Europe briefing: Five stories to know about today

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Orban to show in Strasbourg after MEP calls for sanctions against his government

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban is to address MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday as Parliament debates a report which accuses his party of seriously undermining EU values.

Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini drafted the paper, which claims Orbán's government poses a "systemic threat" to the EU's fundamental principles, and compelled her contemporaries to support her recommendation to sanction the government and launch the little-used Article 7.

The European Parliament is set to vote on the motion tomorrow.

Speaking ahead of his appearance, but mistakingly confusing Brussels with Strasbourg, Orban said in a video posted on Facebook Tuesday: "Pro-immigration MEPs have majority in the European Parliament and now they are preparing to enact revenge against Hungary because Hungarians have decided not to be a migrant country.

"The truth is their decision has already been made, and I'm going to Brussels to defend Hungary and the Hungarian people in face of the lies and unjust accusations."

Strasbourg előtt // Before Strasbourg

Strasbourg előtt // Before Strasbourg

Publiée par Orbán Viktor sur Mardi 11 septembre 2018

Austria shocks with intention to vote in favour of Article 7

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has revealed in a TV interview that Austrian MEPs from his party will vote to trigger Article 7 against Hungary on Wednesday.

In an interview with broadcaster ORF on Monday evening, he added that he would also back the expulsion of Hungary’s governing Fidesz party from the European People’s Party if a majority of its members vote in favour of the rule of law procedure.

Such a move could divide Kurz’s ruling coalition – his comments came on the same day Austria’s vice chancellor reached out in support of Hungary online. In a Facebook post, FPO chief Heinz-Christian Strache said imposing EU sanctions on their European neighbour would be “absurd”.

Brexit deal could be forged by November: Barnier

European Union leaders are likely to arrange a special summit on Brexit for mid-November when they hope to sign-off on the divorce deal with Britain, diplomats and officials said on Monday.

It comes after the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal within eight weeks is a “realistic” possibility, although issues concerning the Irish border, among others, will still need to be resolved.

Euronews’ UK correspondent Vincent McAviney has more:

Barcelona prepares for Catalonia National Day

Hundreds of thousands are expected to march in Barcelona for the annual festival which has become representative of the independence movement in Catalonia.

The day-long event commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714, and the subsequent loss of Catalan institutions and laws in Spain.

American is hailed a hero in Westminster Bridge terror attack

An American man has been credited for his “heroic” actions during a terror attack in London which claimed his life.

Utah musician Kurt Cochran died after saving his wife in the incident which unfolded on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament on March 2017, an inquest heard for the first time on Monday.

Cochran, 54, was sightseeing with his wife, Melissa, when he pushed her out of the way as a rental car plowed into pedestrians on the bridge.

"The way he pushed Melissa results in him taking the full frontal impact of the vehicle," said Detective Constable Simon Osland.

Cochran died of his injuries in hospital later that day, while his wife escaped with a broken leg and rib.

The inquest, which is expected to last several weeks, seeks to establish the circumstances around the deaths of the four pedestrians and the police officer.

As it happened on Tuesday, September 11

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