3:00pm

Sat January 15, 2011
Europe

Critics Fear Democracy Is Eroding In Hungary

The European Union faces enormous challenges as the sovereign debt crisis continues to rattle the 27 nation bloc. As Hungary takes over the body's rotating presidency this month, the EU would prefer to focus on reform of the euro, energy security and other big issues. But instead Hungary finds itself on the defensive for changes at home that some critics say are chipping away at democracy in the former communist country.