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2013-11-12

Fifth constitutional amendment: Just following orders?

The governing supermajority amended the constitution for the fifth time since its adoption in September. The fifth amendment introduced a whole range of changes, including three ostensibly enacted to satisfy the unceasing criticisms from abroad.
Fifth constitutional amendment: Just following orders?

The governing supermajority amended the constitution for the fifth time since its adoption in September. The fifth amendment introduced a whole range of changes, including three ostensibly enacted to satisfy the unceasing criticisms from abroad. Fidesz has made slights adjustments to the powers of judge-in-chief Tünde Handó, has allowed campaign advertisements on commercial television and modified the provisions concerning churches to reflect the recently amended church law. While the new rules are supposedly liberalisations and are portrayed as such by Fidesz, in fact they are mostly cosmetic changes to problematic statutory arrangements.

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