Professor Kim Scheppele’s article and lecture

I would like to call everybody’s attention to Kim Scheppele’s latest article on the Hungarian judiciary, specifically on Tünde Handó’s almost unlimited power as president of the National Judicial Office. One can find the article entitled “First, Let’s Pick All the Judges" on Paul Krugman’s blog:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/first-lets-pick-all-the-judges/#more-29591

You might also want to listen to her lecture delivered at the Central European University in Budapest on the “unconstitutional constitution.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_swtZNgjTc

 

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Penny Sue Oswalt
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Thank You!!!! You bet I will be looking her up further!
Thanks Eva for the referral!

Penny Sue Oswalt
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Kim Lane Scheppele’s lecture @ the CEU in Budapest:
This is a must,to see if you are serious about the “New Constituition”. It is an hour and half at least. But if you can afford to view it, do so. However, you cannot afford NOT to review it.

Penny Sue Oswalt
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Kim Lane Scheppele’s lecture @ the CEU in Budapest:
I really liked Renata Uitz counter opinion as well as Kim’s.

Loomans
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That is a great point to bring up. Thanks for the post.
good luck for you!

Living with it in Hungary
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Living with it in Hungary
Eva, I think there are two elephants in the room, corruption and the legitimacy of the constitution. IMHO, everything else is noise! It is blatantly obvious that this country is going to need a new constitution and it’s not Fidesz that’s going to bring it to the table. The opposition parties need to step up their game. Someone needs to start an inclusive process of defining what the new constitution will look like so that by the time of the 2014 elections there is a legitimate replacement that has broad support in the general public. The idea of writing a constitution on a tablet over Sunday brunch isn’t going to work which means the alternative is, Hungary is stuck with this bad constitution for years to come. The process for defining a new constitution must start now! If Gyurcsány or anyone else in that crowd ever want to regain public trust they *must* deal with the question of corruption in an open, transparent and meaningful way. i know this is difficult with the current government bent on obliterating the opposition by any means possible but they must come up with a workable solution in the current environment. I might even… Read more »
Living with it in Hungary
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Living with it in Hungary

Posted a bit too quickly, what I wanted to say at the end was, it’s time to change the conversation to map a way out of this mess.

Eva S. Balogh
Guest

Living with it in Hungary: “If Gyurcsány or anyone else in that crowd ever want to regain public trust they *must* deal with the question of corruption in an open”
If I recall Fidesz in opposition as it is now flatly refuses to clean up party finances. I think that it was exactly this issue that brought Gy. down because it is really quite evident by now that his speech was leaked by members of his own party. He wanted to get rid of Puch and some of the others who were handling MSZP’s money coming from God knows where.
Mind you, at the moment I have the feeling that practically no money goes to MSZP. Fidesz, on the other hand, has a field day.

Member

Following Ms Scheppele’s recent blockbuster at the CEU, none other than our esteemed foreign minister will be enlightening the students about “Hungary’s place in Europe” next Monday.
Martonyi’s appearance is noteable because almost to a man and woman, the Orbanistas refuse to participate in any of the debates or deliver speeches there- it has for a long time been perceived of as being a hotbed of *cosmopolitan Hungary-haters* in Fidesz-land.
So… either he is there to balance out Ms Scheppele’s eloquent performance or quite possibly to do a retroactive fire-fighting job when the Dear Leader lets rip against the European losers on the 15th. Whatever, the timing seems suspicious.

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