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This story about the relationship between the EU and Hungary was originally published on 4th January 2010 by EurActiv.

Controversial legislation recently adopted by Hungary’s ruling majority has apparently been straining relations with the European Commission since the country took over the rotating EU presidency at the beginning of the year.

A row over a contentious media law adopted by the Hungarian Parliament on 21 December, along with ‘special taxes’ imposed on foreign businesses, overshadowed a festive launch of the Hungarian EU Presidency over the holidays.

The launch included a giant party in Budapest and the opening of a blogging platform which has so far only been used by officials.

Olivier Bailly, a European Commission spokesperson, admitted on 3 January that the EU executive had requested information from Budapest regarding both laws, after questions were raised by the Brussels press.

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