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Orbán pledges to back down

The Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has reassured his political group in the European Parliament that his government will comply with EU law.

Orbán met with the presidency of the centre-right European People’s Party, which is the largest political group in the Parliament, on 29 April. The EPP, of which Orbán’s Fidesz party is a member, set up the meeting to discuss the Hungarian higher education act, which threatens the closure of the Central European University in Budapest.

The EPP presidency had an “open and frank discussion” with the Hungarian leader and asked him to “take all necessary steps” to comply with EU law, according to a party press release. Orbán reassured the party that “Hungary will act accordingly”, the release said.

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