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The EU warnings escalate the standoff between Hungary’s government and underline the difficulty Budapest will face in negotiating an international rescue package from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

Hungary has been under pressure from the EU and other international institutions for passing a new constitution that the EU fears hurts the independence of judges, the central bank and the data protection agency. Some civil rights organizations and the European Parliament have warned that the former Soviet-bloc country risks slipping back into authoritarianism under Prime Minister Victor Orban.

Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said the Commission was in the final stages of analyzing whether the new laws violate the EU treaty and would not shy away from using all its powers to fight any violations.

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