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2013-03-04

Fundamental Law: feet of clay

Hungary's new constitutional regime is proving far less stable than its creators had promised. Even before it entered into effect last January, the governing parties had added a number of provisions to the Fundamental Law, some of which the Constitutional Court quashed on formal grounds.
Fundamental Law: feet of clay

Hungary's new constitutional regime is proving far less stable than its creators had promised. Even before it entered into effect last January, the governing parties had added a number of provisions to the Fundamental Law, some of which the Constitutional Court quashed on formal grounds. With the Court throwing out a number of other important laws, too, the government appears to have had enough: the impending, fourth amendment of the Fundamental Law will impose another straitjacket on the Constitutional Court, in addition to elevating previously quashed laws to constitutional rank.

Policy Solutions' analysis on the Fundamental Law can be downloaded from here.



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