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Hungary Faces EU Fines Over Orban’s Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

  • Commission says Hungary failed to comply with EU court ruling
  • EU Commissioner calls Hungary’s legal challenge ‘unacceptable’
Viktor Orban 

Viktor Orban 

Photographer: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images 

Hungary faces European Union fines for failing to comply with a ruling by the bloc’s top court over its tough treatment of asylum seekers.

The European Commission on Friday said it will refer Hungary to the EU Court of Justice and request financial penalties in a dispute that cuts at the heart of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigrant policy. EU judges said in December that Hungary unlawfully detained asylum seekers and moved them to a border area.