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Hungary Rejects Democracy Criticism as Commission Meets

Hungary’s government rejected criticism of its new constitution even before European legal experts met today to approve an opinion that the European Union executive said Prime Minister Viktor Orban must respect.

The government published a 17-page rebuttal of what it said was a draft report by the Venice Commission, an independent advisory body on constitutional matters of the 47-nation Council of Europe. The commission meets today in Venice, Italy, to adopt an opinion on Hungary.