Plans for a system of Fidesz party courts?

The tightening political stranglehold of the Fidesz government on Hungarian institutions and society in general leads many people to the conclusion that this regime cannot be defeated in a democratic election. Even if the opposition were united, the whole system has been so devilishly designed that one cannot escape its deadly embrace. But occasionally there are rays of hope. Here and there the Hungarian judicial system hands down decisions that allow opposition politicians and independent journalists to at least uncover some illegal financial transactions, shady business practices, or obvious corruption cases. These revelations rarely gain traction because Fidesz’s very own prosecution office makes sure that there will be no consequences. Still, the publicity surrounding these cases greatly annoys the powers that be. And so they decided to do something to remedy the situation.

One of the first acts of the Orbán government was a total reorganization of the judiciary system, about which I wrote extensively in 2011 and after. In April 2011 the government lowered the retirement age of judges from 70 to 62, a decision that affected about 10% of all judges. These vacant positions could then be filled with judges who would presumably be grateful to the government that assisted in their promotion. Then, by renaming the Supreme Court Kúria, they managed to get rid of the chief justice and replace him with one of their own. Finally, they set up an entirely new body called Országos Bírósági Hivatal (OBH) whose head, appointed for nine years, is Tünde Handó, a good friend of the Orbáns and the wife of József Szájer, Fidesz EP MP and one of the original founders of Fidesz. She alone decides on appointments and also on the venues of “delicate” cases against former politicians or government officials.

Yet it seems that Orbán didn’t do a thorough enough job. The remaining judges are not all puppets, and occasionally they rule against the government. For example, when the Hungarian National Bank had to hand over all the information about the expenditures of the five or six “foundations” György Matolcsy established. Or, when the court ruled against the government for not allowing Lajos Simicska’s Közgép to bid on government projects. Such interference in the affairs of the government is something Orbán cannot tolerate.

So, here is a new idea: to set up an entirely separate judicial system that would deal exclusively with matters pertaining to the various branches of the administration. Not that there were no judges who specialized in such cases. In fact, in 2013 special courts were set up to handle labor disputes and cases brought against the government or one of its related institutions. But these courts were part of the traditional court system.

What makes this new “reform” especially suspect is that, according to current plans, half of the “judges” would be “instant judges” who have at least ten years of experience in public service. Most real judges, after working for years in the judicial system, have been socialized as independent arbiters responsible only to their own consciences. On the other hand, a civil servant is by definition an obedient employee who is anything but an independent actor. The two mindsets can hardly be reconciled.

As you can imagine, the reaction was one of outrage. When the question of political motive was raised at János Lázár’s regular Thursday press conference, he naturally denied it and added that Tünde Handó’s OBH supports the idea. Not so. A day later 444.hu summarized a 32-page letter written by Handó in which she severely criticized the idea of setting up a separate court system for administrative cases.

As 444.hu pointed out, Handó cannot be accused of being overly critical of the Orbán government, which she has faithfully served for the last six years. Yet she seems to have sensed the political intent behind the move when she noted that “especially important economic and political cases” will end up in these courts. She announced that “there is no need to set up a separate administrative judicial system” with its own high court. She considers “the large number of professionals coming from the executive branch” to be a threat to the independence of the judiciary. In fact, Handó sees constitutional problems with the proposed legislation. Bertalan Tóth, leader of the MSZP parliamentary delegation, expressed the same objection, though a bit more forcefully. He compared these new administrative courts to a case in which “the accused could pick the members of the jury from among his family members.” I think this is an apt description of the situation.

László Trócsányi, minister of justice since 2014, is leading the government’s fight for a separate administrative court system. In an interview with Népszabadság, he insisted that setting up such a system has been in the works ever since 2014 when he became minister. He and his ministry have been working on this system for the last two years, a claim that, if true, would undermine the position that the government decided to act as a result of the embarrassing setbacks it suffered at the hands of regular judges. Considering that the administration wants to introduce the new system only in the spring of 2018, I suspect that Trócsányi is not telling the truth. If he and his ministry had been working on the project for the last two years, it’s unlikely that the government would need another year and a half to launch it. He also tried to lull suspicions that most of the 100 judges who work on cases involving the administration would be fired by saying that they would remain. Eighty people will be added to their ranks. Since the government wants half of the judges to come from the civil service, I assume all 80 will be “instant judges” whose job will be to save the government from further embarrassments.

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Trócsányi’s interview with Népszabadság took place on September 2, and by now I see a slight change in his attitude. He is no longer as combative as he was four days ago. Today, talking to Inforádió, a conservative radio station specializing in politics, he kept repeating that it is not important to set up these courts as soon as possible. What is important is that “thinking begins about administrative procedure.” There can be discussions about the details, like structural solutions, but “as long as he is the minister he will not allow any backtracking on the control over the administration,” a statement that sounds ominous even if it’s not very clear.

To change the law Fidesz needs the support of two-thirds of the members of parliament. The government indicated that it would like to talk matters over with the leaders of the five parliamentary parties: Fidesz, KDNP (Christian Democrats), Jobbik, MSZP, and LMP. MSZP already indicated that they will not attend the meeting. Jobbik and LMP will be there, but they refuse to support the bill in its present form. Let’s hope they remain steadfast through all the bill’s eventual iterations. Otherwise they will endorse a Fidesz judiciary system designed to cover up the government’s criminal activities.

September 6, 2016
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tappanch
Guest

Even now, if somebody loses against the government at the Administrative [Közigazgatási] Court, s/he does not have the right to appeal.

Member

In a dictatorship it is inevitable, that the citizens slowly loose ALL of their rights and their ability to change the system. That is why ALL dictatorships either collapse by economical pressures or get wiped out by the angry population who has nothing left to loose. Hungary is on its way to one of these scenarios.
P.S. It is NOT the Government fault what is happening in Hungary, it is the fault of the entire Hungarian Society, their distorted values and lack of participation of people in governing their own lives.

Jean P.
Guest

It’s on the way in other EU countries. When dictatorship has vanished from living memory it looks more attractive. Few learn from history. Many learn from rosy false history.

Guest

What is discussed in the essay is extremely alarming. It would seem that with the great interest in keeping ‘order’ throughout the various facets of Magyar society it is the ‘law’ now which is threatened to be all-out fashioned by the whims of the government. Dangerous as all hell. The outcome of this would apparently make every judge think twice, three times, four times or more to perhaps think carefully on his/her rulings. Having an avid ideology coursing around and about through each deliberation would make judges in review to question to what service are rulings bound to. The ‘state’ ideology or to judicial conscience taking in the legal aspects of the case? We’ve seen this before. It’s a minefield waiting for explosion with grave consequences for all Magyars and their relationship to the law. Judges themselves knowing all this would perhaps preferto be ditch – diggers than devoting themselves to the practice of law. For autocracies demand much from those who preside in adjudicating over right and wrong in legal deliberations.

dos929
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Eva, about your introduction into your blog: “The tightening political stranglehold of the Fidesz government on Hungarian institutions and society in general leads many people to the conclusion that this regime cannot be defeated in a democratic election. Even if the opposition were united, the whole system has been so devilishly designed that one cannot escape its deadly embrace.” This is the truth and nothing but the whole truth… Well said. How Hungary came to this far on the downhill rush to autocracy is an open book. It is an open book that those who could stop this slide didn’t read it. Those EU politicians who do have the means if not acting, but at least to loudly proclaim their disgust towards the actions of the Orban regime are keeping quiet even after 6 years of Orban’s dictatorial rule. We all heard arguments about that the EU cannot interfere with the internal affairs of the individual member countries. But we (and them) know that there are hundreds of ways to influence a regime like Orban’s. Yet, the silence coming from the EU is deafening… We also heard countless times from the comments that Hungary is too small in order to… Read more »
tappanch
Guest

Goebbels, February 18, 1943 (Berlin, Sportpalast):
“Ich frage euch: Wollt ihr den totalen Krieg? ”

Orban, September 7, 2016 (Balatonfüred):
“total mobilization”

http://nol.hu/belfold/totalis-mozgositas-orban-ma-balatonfureden-tart-eligazitast-1630761

pappp
Guest
Trócsányi – who is 100% committed to Fidesz and the idea of a strong leader – is a big fan of “the French model” (he was also an ambassador to France). Needless to say, any “model” works differently when implemented in Hungary for many reasons. But what is important is that the French state is a centralized, dirigist one, whose constitution gives a lot of power to the executive – which is the very goal of Orban and the people around him. That goal is to legalize his omnipotence within the system – of course Orban’s influence ins wielded through Fidesz-loyal people placed all over the state, but the theoretic, legal background is also important. The idea that the administrative courts should be a separate entity from other parts of the general courts is indeed old within Fidesz, already with the new Basic Law the idea came up. One reason why that did not happen is probably because Peter Darák, the chosen new co-head of the general courts system (who is the successor of Andras Baka who was removed from his position) is an administrative court judge himself and Handó (the other co-head who is a family friend of Orban’s)… Read more »
tappanch
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The EU continues to be generous to Hungary. In August, the EU transferred an extra half billion euros to the state budget.

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http://www.portfolio.hu/gazdasag/soha_nem_volt_meg_ilyen_a_koltsegvetesben.12.236979.html

tappanch
Guest

Remember, GE used the Hungarian tax paradise to account for its 2015 windfall profit.

This results in almost 2 billion euros (585.35 billion forints) of income to Hungary in 2016.

http://www.portfolio.hu/gazdasag/adozas/kiderult_az_ngm_legfeltettebb_titka_egyetlen_ceg_fizet_gigantikus_adot.232594.html

Bowen
Guest

Slightly off topic. Petra Laszlo, the Jobbik-related camerawoman who **ON FILM** repeatedly kicked at refugees (including minors) running from police with tear gas, and tripped up a Syrian man carrying his child last year seems to have been cleared by the Hungarian courts?

“There was no evidence of a racially motivated hate crime.”
“Prosecutors said she had not kicked a man carrying a small child”
“[Laszlo] kicked toward a man carrying a child in his hands, but the kick did not reach the man. The man carrying the child still fell, because … one of the policemen tried to catch and restrain him, and he lost his balance as he broke free.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/07/camerawoman-trip-refugees-hungary-charges-petra-laszlo

Observer
Guest

The Hungarian Prosecution Office is again protecting some criminal acts, because they are in line with the regime’s policies/intentions (e.g. the skinheads at the Electoral office did not commit any crime or misdemeanor the HPO found).
I bet this formulation will be used to trumpet that the ( little fascist) woman “didn’t kick the man with the child”.

In this case whether the tripping/kicking leg had reached the victim is largely immaterial – the offender did establish a pattern by committing two criminal acts in a short time and did her best in the third instance. If she indeed failed in her endeavor her act would still qualify as an attempt, which is usually punishable as severely as the completed crime.

Bowen
Guest

But it’s entirely clear from the video footage that the man carrying the child (Osama Abdul Mohsen) was brought to the ground by Petra Laszlo. No policemen were near him.

Osama Abdul Mohsen eventually reached Austria, and now of course, he’s working for a Spanish football team. It’s sad, though, because he (and his young son) are separated from his wife (who is stuck in Turkey, I believe), and he is struggling to learn Spanish.

PALIKA
Guest

Not quite. The male who may be Police attempts to stop the man with the child but he slips away from him. Laszlo probably saw what happened and kicked out at him when he was clear of the male and the foot made contact and the man fell to the ground as a result.

The footage clearly shows two, possibly three assaults by kicking. She is probably under charged with disorderly conduct. A kick is an assault in English Law and maybe more serious if injury results. Here we do not know but the incident took place on what looks like soft soil.

The depressing part of this incident is that the prosecutor explains the incident in an obviously false way alleging that there was no contact when clearly there was and it was this that appears to have caused the fall.

It is also pretty difficult to understand why it took about a year to bring a charge? The timing is of the essence which is to generate anti migrant publicity shortly before the referendum.

A toxic country ruled by a toxic class. Leave whilst you still can and before the country parts company with the EU.

webber
Guest

Watch the video embedded in that story and you will clearly see that she kicked back at and hit a boy, and then kicked a girl in the thigh before she kicked out at the man carrying the child. She made solid contact when she hit the girl, and she clearly meant to hit her. The girl is less than half her height.

So, I couldn’t care less whether she kicked the man carrying the child (you can’t tell from the film). She kicked two children. That is clearly visible in the film. There is no denying it

webber
Guest

She kicks the boy and then the girl from sec. 2 to sec. 5. Neither child was threatening her in any way. They were just running past her. It’s hard to tell their ages, but I would guess the girl was 11-13 years old, while the boy looks to have been a bit older. Both children are much smaller than her.
If I go out to a field in Hungary and kick two children at random, will I not be prosecuted?

bimbi
Guest

The Orban/Fidesz propaganda blitz for October 2 has now reached the Budapest metro where today I sat opposite a red, white and green (of course) ground on which was written (I translate), “Don’t gamble with Hungary’s Future! Vote “NO!” on 2 October”. My tax dollars pay for this sz*r?

At least the Two-Tailed-Dog Party had it right in an ad. I saw recently, “Tudta? There are somehow more big blue bill-boards in Hungary than there are immigrants.” One has to smile but at the same time you know that there is no limit to the depths of ugliness of this Hungarian government.

Mr. Polt the prosecutor springs into action with an indictment of the kicking Fidesz journalist. At this rate maybe Orban will soon be charged with incitement for the 2006 October riots – but don’t hold your breath.

Guest

Not too much OT:

Today we found another “Brussels-brochure” in our letter box – another ugly propaganda piece whose contents I don’t want to talk about. It’s the usual mixture of propaganda, half truths and outright lies (Hi, Tyrker – are you reading this?) – I can’t eat as much as I want to throw up!

My wife of course put it straight into the paper waste bin from where I salvaged it to get me in the mood …

Sending this to every family in Hungary cost how much? And how much was made by the people/companies who produced this?
And how much help for people in need was wasted by this?

Fidez is even worse than the Nazis in their internal propaganda war!

PS:

On the other hand maybe this is good news – maybe O is no longer sure that enough people will vote on the referendum and maybe this senseless waste of money will move a few more Hungarians (there are some left with brains …) against it!

webber
Guest

No, he’s sure they’ll vote for it. This will be especially popular among pensioners, and that is the largest demographic in the Hungarian electorate.
He wants to remind them that he is “protecting” them.
N.b. Downtown Budapest is full of very well-heeled Syrians these days. I hear they pay a pile of Euros to drivers at the border, and are driven straight to the city, no questions asked, no passport check, nada.
Orban said Hungary welcomes “real refugees,” but not the hordes of fake ones. I guess by “real refugees” he means the ones with silk headscarves and Gucci bags who pick up cash at Western Union and stay in nice hotels . The poor ones who have to walk and starve and sleep under the open sky aren’t “real refugees” I guess.

pappp
Guest
I agree, Orban has no doubts and it is anyway extremely likely that the 50% threshold will be crossed. The people emphatically hate migrants and want to say so. It’s a gut feeling. People who hate migrants don’t have to get involved in complex philosophical arguments about voting strategy, they just hate migrants so the answer is simple. People haven’t had an opportunity of expressing any opinions since 2014 and now there is one so my hunch is that they will live with it. The propaganda is working, we can feel it. It’s a hot topic and it’s been for months now. Also, Fidesz’s machinery is enormous and especially rurally people will be watched whether they will vote or not. People know that there will consequences for those who don’t obey the instructions. Actually it doesn’t even count whether people will vote yes or no because the no votes are so overwhelming, the point is ensure that people under the control of local Fidesz strongmen actually vote thereby bringing the tally over 50%. Not reaching 50% would be an extremely big disappointment given the absolutely unprecedented amount of (mostly uncontested) propaganda, and an ominous sign, but I think it is… Read more »
Bowen
Guest

It’s not “extremely” likely that the 50% threshold will be reached, by any natural means. Hence the blanket coverage of virtually every poster surface in the country, and incessant hate-mongering in the media, just to “make sure”.

Guest

pappp, you sound like a troll again – as I wrote:

If O is so sure, why does he invest the money in these crazy propaganda leaflets? Just to make some Fidesz-owned company happy?

Every sane person (and that includes even some Hungarians …) is laughing/wondering at this!

Not only my friends when I tell them, also all politicians, members of the media etc, you might say everybody outside Hungary regards this propaganda campaign by Fidesz as the kind of lunacy we only have seen in totalitarian states!

Göbbels, Stalin and Mao would be proud! The rest of the world is laughing at Hungary …

Bowen
Guest

This is the booklet (more like a brochure) that Wolfi is talking about, in all it’s horrible glory.

We had some in our apartment a few days ago. Most people put them straight in the bin.

http://budapestbeacon.com/featured-articles/we-must-stop-brussels-referendum-booklet-warns-hungarians/38777

pappp
Guest

wolfi: As Reagan said about the Soviets (I think) trust, but verify. Orban is convinced that the polls are true, they have been pretty consistent in this regard and the opposition voters are palpably confused (the polls seem to be showing that it is more likely that the threshold will be crossed than not – and the campaign hasn’t even started in earnest!) but of course he doesn’t like to take chances.

This is his (his machinery’s) dress rehearsal for 2018 or – if the numbers are deemed by him very good (let’s say close to 60% participating and over 80% voting No) – for a potential snap elections in 2017. That would be just in time for Orban to be able to rearrange the presidential system when Áder leaves (see Erdogan’s plans). if Orban could improve on 2014 (assuming the opposition is caught be relative surprise) he will quickly set up the new administrative court and the rest to entrench himself even further.

petofi
Guest

There might be a few Hungarians ‘with brains’ left, but there are no Hungarians with Integrity, or Civilized Values…

Guest

Please, petofi!

There are many Hungarians with Integrity, or Civilized Values!

If you knew my wife …

She totally agrees with me – and many/most of her family members too, though of course there are some differences in opinion …

Guest

You know I do not live in the country and do not get information in an immediate way. But from all the ‘noise’ and ‘talk’ I can pick up I see a giant wave being generated. I think for serious minded consciences it will be tough ‘to surf’ it if you get the drift. Under no circumstances would I want to see a country where ‘they’ can do whatever they want. If so that tsunami would be a soul killer.

petofi
Guest

wolfi7777

We–I mean those of us raised outside of Hungary–are easily fooled by the chameleons. The efforts to win us over, be-friend us, etc. are never-ending. But it’s all just chaff for the mill: at some point, inevitably, the goodwill and friendship will be cashed in…

Guest

Re: the glitzy colorful brochure

The results I think of the referendum might give a clue as to the efficacy of that particular bit of ‘state reklam’ which is to present an already ‘shut’ case to the electorate. At the least if the referendum goes the ‘wrong’ way for Fidesz it shows that the electorate aren’t marching to the headlines of the advertising and that they have minds of their own to figure things out. It would also mean that the ad guy would probably have to be fired because of the losing campaign.

Jean P.
Guest

“If you knew my wife …”

Is your wife politically active?

Guest

We’re both over 70 …

And we were already over 60 when we were introduced by a “matchmaker” – and immediately fell in love …

So we only do two kinds of things:

Those that we really enjoy (like commenting here – thanks Eva for giving me the chance!) and those we absolutely have to do – like taxes … 🙂

Observer
Guest

One can’t build/maintain a democracy without democrats. There ain’t many of them in Hungary and this is the main problem.

Just as the idea of administrative appellate court, on the surface many institutions in Hungary look similar to those in W Europe.
However they are run by immoral and unscrupulous relatives, friends and cronies under rules put together by the same and being control by them too.
Under pressure from the US elections were held in Mexico for 70 years and the same Revolutionary Institutional Party won them all.
Potyomkin villages – Orban’s “illiberal democracy” – just for show.

petofi
Guest

Let’s face it, the big boss–Pyutin–does not hand out sugared candies
for those promoting democratic principles. Profit is to be had only by those following ‘illiberal’principles.

HAJRA MAGYAROK!!

(You deserve it…)

tappanch
Guest

Orban the Totalitarian announced in Poland today: (cca)

“We have already taken over [successfully] the media, the banks and the energy sectors. We have failed with the retail chains, but we are working on new ideas. ”

http://444.hu/2016/09/07/orban-a-penznek-nincs-szaga-de-a-birtokloinak-igen

Fidesz plans to grab “Mediaworks”. This conglomerate is the publisher of the the biggest daily “Nepszabadsag” and numerous newspapers in the countryside, with a total readership of 1 million.

http://img1.hvg.hu/image.aspx?id=eb5dd1ae-ace3-4fb5-af16-7ab11ba8357e&view=b2dea50f-cee1-4f6e-b810-034566fbfb2e

http://img1.hvg.hu/image.aspx?id=eec8eaec-a2a9-4410-93c8-6e5516c90ff0&view=b2dea50f-cee1-4f6e-b810-034566fbfb2e

The government will also take away Simicska’s frequency Class FM with 2.7 million listeners and will undoubtedly hand it over into friendly hands.

http://hvg.hu/itthon/20160907_videki_lapok_mediaworks_magyar_aszfalt_meszaros_lorinc_pannon_lapok_tarsasaga_nepszabadsag_nemzeti_sport

tziki
Guest

You can only blame the leftists for these. Fidesz worked with uncompromising determination and reached what it set out: to control the media.

The left long ago just gave up, they never had any ideas. It did not occur to any leftist politician that the media and access to people’s minds is important.

Now the left has no access, while Fidesz is king.

I think it’s too late. Fidesz will not sell its media.

As long as Orban lives Fidesz will rule Hungary. Game over for liberals, game over.

Guest

Re: ‘You can only blame the leftists for these. Fidesz worked with uncompromising determination and reached what it set out: to control media’

Nothing like having ‘democratic’ Magyarorszag subscribe to the ‘Putin Institute of No Access Media’. If a democratic government’s job is to ‘control media’ then mama we’re all in a crazy world now.

Guest

Of course!

If (a majority of or actually just 44% of the voters …) Hungarians are political idiots, then it must be “the left”s fault.
What wonderful kind of logic – typical Hungarian:
It’s always someone else’s fault …

Guest

Re the billboards and the propaganda brochures:

I have an idea (of course it won’t be realised)!

Why not put up similar stuff in Western Europe – like:

Brits!

Did you know that Brussels sends every year more than ten billions of Pounds to Warsaw and Budapest?
(for the stupid this could be calculated in pounds per week or per person)!

Did you know that Brussels lets these primitive Balkan people have a say in all political decisions for Europe?

Did you know that Brussels let in more than a million Poles and Hungarians to steal your job?

Did you know that Brussels lets millions of Eastern European immigrants come to abuse our NHS?

Similar stuff might be concocted for the Germans and French etc …

Surprise:

UKIP and the German AfD and the Austrian FPÖ are already using this kind of reasoning …

And it seems to have worked in Britain – Brexit!

Now if the Austrians follow this we might have the Iron Curtain again – brilliant idea, n’est ce pas?

PALIKA
Guest

Hence their increasing popularity and the disgraceful propaganda campaign resulting in the unsustainable and crypto fascist victory for Brexit. No decent person can identify with this approach and wolfi is toungue in cheek?

tappanch
Guest

Orban’s secret service uses the similar methods to Kadar’s, Rakosi’s, Horthy’s by blackmailing people with their private life.

They wanted to make a journalist their secret agent last December.

http://444.hu/2016/09/07/elovettek-a-maganelete-reszleteit-aztan-titkos-egyuttmukodesre-akartak-ravenni-nem-a-rendszervaltas-elott-hanem-most

Guest

Latest news!

Our German magazine SPIEGEL again has a scathing article on the Hungarian government and its “inhuman hysterical fascist propaganda” – very well done with lots of translations of those crazy billboards that might come from Goebbels or Stalin!

And the article also quotes O’s former favourite priest Gábor Iványi who wanted to help the refugees near the Serian border – and was sent back by police …

Iványi says:

Christian, Democratic and European values don’t count any more (in Orbanistan)

Well done!

PALIKA
Guest

Good on you wolfi but can you tell us how much weight they carry. Will this help prize Merkel and OV apart from their embrace?

Guest

O and Poland’s Kaczinsky want a “counter revolution” in the EU – they think they can take us back to the Middle Ages!
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e825f7f4-74a3-11e6-bf48-b372cdb1043a.html#axzz4JbZTg390
Throw those bastards out of the EU and let them rot in Putin’s Eurasian Union!

If you want more info, here’s a comment from Sputnik (one of Putin’s propaganda vessels) on the meeting of O and K in January which is very critical of Mrs Merkel – she is no friend of those reactionary lunatics in Eastern Europe!
https://sputniknews.com/politics/20160110/1032911874/orban-kaczynski-meeting-analysis.html

PALIKA
Guest

Friend or not the result to get what we in the civilised wold hope to achieve is long way away. Also without any apparent progress.
The nationalist axis is prospectively a huge danger to Europe’s civilisation. It is as if medieval lords have taken over these countries whilst talking the most turgid nationalist crap that no even a semi educated person could regard as anything but combustible drivel.
Are we expected to take seriously what these enemies of progress in Europe feed to the media?

tappanch
Guest

A.
Latest news about how fideszniks appropriate billions in EU money.

Key words: Jeremie funds, Morando Inc, Gyula Gansperger [former bookkeeper and privatization guru of Fidesz], Peter Heim de Szazadveg, Andras Tombor de Habony.

http://444.hu/2016/09/07/orban-kozelben-dezsmaljak-az-eu-s-startupppenzeket

B.
The Orban government has spent 783 billion forints in a semi-secret way from the “reserves” of the budgets since 2010.

http://www.policyagenda.hu/hu/nyitolap/havonta-10-milliard-megy-el-a-tartalekbol

tappanch
Guest

Attention, OLAF !

The data set about the results of public tenders involving EU money in 2009-2015 indicates large-scale fraud. (after the examination of 52,737 tenders)

“In the United States, evidence based on Benford’s law has been admitted in criminal cases at the federal, state, and local levels.”

first digit: actual first digit count
[expected count of first digit “d” in the prices = log_10 (1 + 1/d) ]

1: 33.1% [30.1%]
2: 20.2% [17.6%]

3: 11.1% [12.5%]
4: 8.2% [9.7%]
5: 6.0% [7.9%]
6: 5.2% [6.7%]
7: 5.7% [5.8%]
8: 4.7% [5.1%]

9: 5.7% [4.6%]

Real value of tender [3 .. 6) —-> money taken from EU [9 .. 30)

(the source below writes [10 .. 30), but I think this is an oversight)

http://www.crcb.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/eu_overpricing_benfords_law_160907.pdf

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