EU takes Hungary to top court over crackdown 'aimed at George Soros'

European commission says it is suing country over laws on education and foreign-backed civil society organisations

The EU has taken Hungary to the European court of justice over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets the US billionaire George Soros.

The move underscores the EU’s toughening stance towards both the government of the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, and his rightwing allies in Poland over the bloc’s democracy norms and migration.

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