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Wrestling with Constitutionalism: the Supermajority and the Hungarian Constitutional Court

Attila Vincze
From the journal ICL Journal


Since the elections of 2010, the right-wing coalition has a supermajority in the Hungarian Parliament, and is able to amend the Constitution without any further ado. The Constitution became a part of the political tool-kit which may and is amended as the government needs it to be amended. Under these circumstances, the Constitutional Court cannot be a vigorous guardian of constitutional values, and the Parliament did everything in order to housetrain the formerly widely acknowledged Constitutional Court: cut back its powers filled the bench with rather loyal justices and blocked the critical decisions.

The present article is aimed to describe and to critically analyze these strategies in a national and European context.

Published Online: 2017-2-8
Published in Print: 2014-3-1

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