The United Nations and the Council of Europe both criticsed Hungary's planned changes to its asylum rules on Friday, saying they would harm asylum-seekers' right to seek safety there and put them at risk. The European human rights watchdog said the legislation would strike a blow to refugee protection in Hungary if adopted in its current form. The right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to shorten the time frame for screening asylum claims and to reject claims from those migrants who on their journey from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq have already passed through safe countries without requesting asylum.
The European Financial Stability Facility added, though, that it had decided to not immediately demand repayment of its loans -- a step that analysts say could have triggered sudden "Grexit", or Greece's exit from the eurozone. The news will come as a fresh shock to Greece's 11 million people, and will hang over two major, rival rallies taking place in Athens late Friday seeking to galvanise 'Yes' and 'No' support for Sunday's referendum.