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2/26/16

EU Commission questions legality of Hungary’s migrant referendum

The European Commission says Hungary’s planned referendum on the EU’s quota plan for asylum seekers may be at odds with an agreed strategy to handle the refugee crisis.

Hungary, whose border fence to keep migrants out underlines its stance, had already rebuffed the plan to accept a mandatory number of migrants who have arrived in Europe.

On Thursday Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a referendum saying it would be a test of European democracy.

On Friday it outlined its reasoning in a summary of an interview Orban gave to the German newspaper Bild, published on the Hungarian government website.

In Brussels the EU executive questioned Hungary’s stance, saying they were seeking clarification from Budapest on the planned referendum.

Read more: EU Commission questions legality of Hungary’s migrant referendum | euronews, world news

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