Hungary, defying EU, pushes on with constitutional changes

BUDAPEST –  Hungary’s ruling party is set to push through law changes on Monday that critics say will limit the powers of the constitutional court, one of the few institutions that has stood up to Viktor Orban, the combative prime minister.

Parliament, dominated by Orban’s party, was scheduled to vote on a set of government-backed constitutional amendments, despite warnings from the European Union, the U.S. government and human rights groups that the changes could undermine Hungary’s democracy.

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