Video of the U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing on Hungary,    March 19, 2013

Here’s the video of yesterday’s hearing of the Helsinki Commission on Hungary.

Note that the actual hearing begins at 41:35.

Advertisements

14 comments

  1. Sandor :

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

    There is nothing wrong with the video. Just click on it but as I mentioned the actual hearing starts only around 40:00. And make sure that the volume is all the way up.

  2. 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.

  3. 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%

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Eva S. Balogh :

    Mutt :
    Try to copy-paste this into your browser:

    
    
    

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Undeniably consider that that you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the simplest factor to take into account of.
    I say to you, I certainly get annoyed even as folks
    consider issues that they plainly don’t know about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the entire thing with no need side effect , folks can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

  9. Heya i’m for the primary time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to provide one thing back and aid others like you helped me.

Comments are closed.