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Brussels to sue Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over asylum seekers

Brussels to sue Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over asylum seekers

The EU took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the bloc's top court Thursday over their refusal to accept quotas for refugees, AFP said.

The EU executive also announced on Thursday it would be escalating its attack on Hungary over measures taken to curb meddling in its domestic affairs by globalist billionaire George Soros.

But the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have taken in nearly none in two years.

The EU Commission launched infringement procedures against the three countries in June and twice demanded an explanation for the non-compliance.

On the Hungarian asylum law, a response from Budapest to a letter from the Commission was "found to be unsatisfactory as it failed to address the majority of the concerns", the Commission said in a statement.

Newly elected premier Andrej Babiš said it was wrong to force migrants on unwilling nations, while his spokesman denounced the quota system as "interfer [ence] in the Czech Republic's internal affairs".

Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski also said his government was "ready to defend its position in the court".

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Budapest faced a triple legal whammy from Brussels on Thursday, with the European Commission also taking Hungary to the ECJ over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets U.S. billionaire George Soros.

In response to the migration crisis in 2015, the European Union adopted a decision to relocate asylum seekers who arrived in Italy and Greece, which were dealing with a massive inflow of migrants.

Budapest also faces legal action over university law.

The commission said Hungary's education law "disproportionally restricts European Union and non-EU universities in their operations and needs to be brought back in line with European Union law".

We will remind, recently the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban said that Central Europe is the last place on the continent, "free migrants".

Hungary also caused controversy in June when it passed legislation forcing non-governmental organisations to declare themselves "foreign-funded".

The European Commission said that the laws on foreign non-governmental organisations "indirectly discriminate and disproportionately restrict donations from overseas to civil society organisations".