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Hungary: Far-right burns EU flag and demands exit from bloc

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Hungary: Far-right burns EU flag and demands exit from bloc

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Far-right activists in Hungary have burned the EU flag, calling for the country’s exit from the bloc.

Some 2,000 demonstrators from the extremist Jobbik party gathered outside the European Commission offices in Budapest.

They are angry that cash-strapped Hungary is under pressure to ditch new legislation that Brussels says may violate European laws and principles.

“Not only us but many other countries now believe they could be better off outside the EU and then they would not have got into this situation,” said protester Gyorgy Lillik, 63.

The EU has raised the prospect of suspending vital funding unless Hungary changes its controversial laws on the central bank and judiciary.

Jobbik, Hungary’s second most popular opposition party, is denouncing what it calls an ultimatum from Brussels.