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Vestager Tax Crusade Stutters as Hungary Wins EU Court Clash (1)

June 27, 2019, 8:21 AM; Updated: June 27, 2019, 12:04 PM

Hungary won a court fight with European Union regulators over a tax on advertising, in another setback for Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s crusade against nations she says are gaming state aid-rules to give select companies an unfair advantage over rivals.

Vestager’s officials at the European Commission failed to show that the Hungarian tax was discriminatory, the EU General Court, the bloc’s second-highest tribunal, ruled on June 27.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban initially levied the ad tax in 2016 by slapping a rate of as high as 50% of sales for the biggest networks, which RTL Klub, the country’s most-watched...

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