The Latest: Hungary to sue EU about mandatory refugee quotas, justice minister says
BUDAPEST, Hungary – The latest news as hundreds of thousands make their way across Europe in search of safety and a better life. All times local.
Hungary's justice minister says the country will sue the European Union regarding a mandatory plan to distribute refugees among members of the bloc.
Laszlo Trocsanyi said that the lawsuit would be filed in December, after parliament approved a bill Tuesday morning compelling the government to launch the legal challenge.
Trocsanyi said the EU quota plan went against the will of the majority of Europe's citizens and violated Hungary's sovereignty because each state should be allowed to decide who it allows into the country. He also expects other countries which oppose the quotas to join Hungary's legal action.
Trocsanyi said that while Hungary, with nearly 10 million people, would get 2,000 refugees based on the current plan, that figure could increase as the number of refugees arriving in Europe grows.
Greek authorities say at least nine people, including four children, have died in the eastern Aegean Sea when a plastic boat carrying refugees or economic migrants overturned near the island of Kos.
The coast guard said it had rescued seven people and had located nine bodies, two of which were still trapped inside the overturned vessel. Crews were searching for between two and four more people listed as missing.
The dead were four children, four women and one man.
It was not immediately clear how the boat overturned on Tuesday, or what the passengers' nationality was.
Europe faces a massive refugee crisis. More than 600,000 people have made their way through Greece so far this year, fleeing war and poverty at home.