Hungary's prime minister has described plans by the European Union to assess several laws passed by the new Polish government as "groundless measures from the rather pompous older democracies."

Viktor Orban said Friday on state radio that EU bureaucrats are "irritated if there are strong nation states" and that "the Polish have done nothing which would merit European criticism."

The EU is focusing on the Polish government's moves to exert its influence on the Constitutional Court and public broadcasters, some of the same areas in which Orban also clashed with Brussels after returning to power in 2010.

Orban said that "there are political debates in Polish public life just like in any European country. These don't cross any borders."