Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
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EU takes legal action against Hungary over new laws

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has opened legal proceedings against Hungary over reforms to its central bank, data protection and judiciary.

PM Viktor Orban was given a month to respond to the Commission's concerns.

Critics say the new central bank law puts the bank's independence at risk. It allows Mr Orban to install a new deputy governor.

David Chazan reports.

  • 17 Jan 2012