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Sandor
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Unfortunately the picture doesn’t lead to a link. Could you please post the link too?
Thanks

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Sandor :
Unfortunately the picture doesn’t lead to a link. Could you please post the link too?
Thanks

Sandor, it worked for me. Just click and it plays. If I post the youtube link, by default on this blog it would show the same screen. Go on youtube and enter: The Trajectory of Democracy: Why Hungary Matters . THis is the title of the video.

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Hungarian government’s debt

2010. May 19,933 billion (at Fidesz takeover)

2011. Feb 21,630 billion + 2,946 (nationalized private retirement)= 24,576

Increase of national debt in the past 33 months= 23.3%

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I think (although I am not a legal scholar) the most significant part of Prof Scheppele’s extended testimony is this:

“This “magic two-thirds” has enabled Fidesz to make all of its constitutional changes in a formally legal manner. Only one barrier remained: In 1995, under a prior two-thirds government, the old constitution was amended to require a four-fifths vote of the Parliament before any new constitutional drafting process could begin. One month into its term, Fidesz used its two-thirds vote to amend the constitution to remove the four-fifths requirement.”

This makes the entire Fidesz legal construction of the “Basic Law” unlawful, therefore null and void.

Paul
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tappanch :
I think (although I am not a legal scholar) the most significant part of Prof Scheppele’s extended testimony is this:
“This “magic two-thirds” has enabled Fidesz to make all of its constitutional changes in a formally legal manner. Only one barrier remained: In 1995, under a prior two-thirds government, the old constitution was amended to require a four-fifths vote of the Parliament before any new constitutional drafting process could begin. One month into its term, Fidesz used its two-thirds vote to amend the constitution to remove the four-fifths requirement.”
This makes the entire Fidesz legal construction of the “Basic Law” unlawful, therefore null and void.

This puzzled me too – how can an amemdment that specifies a 4/5 majority be undone by a 2/3 majority?

Either this was a daft bit of legislation, as it still allows the constitution to be replaced on a 2/3 majority, or else, as tappanch suggests, Fidesz have broken the law.

If the latter is true, then is there anything the EU can do to overturn the new Fidesz constitution?

Paul
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Eva S. Balogh :

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I simply don’t understand what the problem is. Works like a charm.

I think the ‘problem’ is that the recording starts 40 minutes (why?!) before anything happens, so initially it appears that the video isn’t running, as the picture doesn’t alter.

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On the one hand, Fidesz claimed that the 4/5 requirement had expired in 1998, on the other hand, they were not completely sure, so they explicitly removed it with a 2/3 law after 2010.

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