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FILE PHOTO: People wave Hungarian and European Union flags as they protest in Heroes’ square against a new law that would undermine Central European University, a liberal graduate school of social sciences founded by U.S. financier George Soros, in Budapest, Hungary April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The head of the European Union's executive arm will meet U.S. financier George Soros next Thursday, a spokeswoman said, as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that has threatened to force the closure of a university he funds.

The Central European University is at the heart of the latest dispute between Hungary and the European Commission in Brussels, which voices concern in many Western EU states that Budapest is infringing on rule of law and democratic standards.

The Commission's spokeswoman on Wednesday said its deputy head Frans Timmermans and two other commissioners will also meet Soros next week, after Brussels already threatened Hungary with legal action over rights issues and the Soros school.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)

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