Hungary constitution vote raises concerns over rule of law: EU

Approval by Hungary's parliament Monday of controversial constitutional changes raises concerns over the rule of law and European democratic standards, the European Commission and the Council of Europe said.

"These amendments raise concerns with respect to the principle of the rule of law, EU law and Council of Europe standards," a joint statement said after parliament in Budapest passed amendments to curb the powers of the constitutional court and reintroduce measures rendered void by the court in recent months.