The European Commission on Thursday referred Hungary to the European Court of Justice over its treatment of asylum seekers, declaring that Budapest is not complying with EU law.
The referral is the final stage in an infringement proceeding — the action the Commission takes against an EU member country it believes is violating EU law — launched against Budapest in 2015. The Commission concluded that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government has failed to address its concerns and continues to violate a range of EU rules.
Hungary has clashed repeatedly with the EU in recent years on issues ranging from judicial independence to media freedoms and refugees' rights. Orbán has accused Brussels of working against the country's national interest and meddling in its internal politics.