Germany’s Christian-Democrat MEP Ingeborg Grassle has called on the European Union to impose “stronger rules for the disbursement of funds” to Poland, Hungary and other member states that refuse to comply with EU values.

The MEP said: “Countries that don’t respect EU laws, or countries that don’t participate enough in the resettlement of migrants or the registration of refugees, should be deprived of funds.”

As reported by the Daily Express, the vice-president of the European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, accused Poland and Hungary of flouting EU values.

He told German media: “The federal government must ensure, when the EU budget is reviewed this fall, that EU countries that are net recipients, such as Poland and Hungary, show more solidarity in the issue of refugees and also respect European values.”