EU approves Hungary plans

■ The EU opened the way to talks with Hungary on financial aid yesterday, ending a five-month dispute over the independence of its central bank, but it kept pressure on Prime Minister Viktor Orban by sending a row over the judiciary to Europe’s top court. The European Commission said it was satisfied with Budapest’s assurances that its central bank law would be brought back in line with that of the European Union, allowing Hungary to discuss a precautionary International Monetary Fund loan to stabilise its indebted economy.