Member states of the European Union approved by a qualified majority on Tuesday a proposal to re-settle 120,000 asylum seekers across the continent. The decision was taken, unconventionally, by majority voting due to fierce opposition from Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania. The decision effectively grants other member states the authority to impose sanctions against the countries in East-Central Europe unless they receive their share of the asylum seekers.
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Finland similarly distanced itself from the majority of member states by being the only country to abstain from voting – despite promising to receive the 2,400 asylum seekers allocated to it by the European Commission.