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  • Commentary posted May 25, 2011 by Marion Smith Hungary’s New Constitution Should Be Ratified by the People

    Under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary is finally getting a new constitution. The old one was adopted in 1949 and significantly amended in 1989, leaving Hungary as the only country in the former Eastern Bloc that did not formally adopt a new constitution upon gaining independence. Doing so now is monumentally important. The governing party in Hungary, Fidesz,…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2011 by Marion Smith Protecting Hungary's Freedoms

    The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has voiced its belief that Hungarians need to return to a philosophy of self-reliance and personal responsibility. Yet this can only happen if the state does not take on responsibilities that belong to individuals. So it's troubling that Hungary's proposed new constitution, in its current form, contains provisions…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2011 by Marion Smith Protecting Hungary's Freedoms

    The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has voiced its belief that Hungarians need to return to a philosophy of self-reliance and personal responsibility. Yet this can only happen if the state does not take on responsibilities that belong to individuals. So it's troubling that Hungary's proposed new constitution, in its current form, contains…

  • Backgrounder posted March 25, 2011 by Marion Smith Four Recommendations for Hungary's Proposed Constitution

    Abstract: Although a free and democratic state after the reforms of 1989, Hungary has never had a legitimate written constitution that unambiguously represents the consent of the governed. In September 2010, the Fidesz–KDNP government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, initiated a constitution drafting process, and on March 14, it formally submitted a draft…

  • Commentary posted March 9, 2011 by Marion Smith Hungary’s iPad Constitution

    In what will surely be a publicity boon for Apple, especially among political scientists, Hungary’s new constitution is being written on an iPad. Thus far, this is one of the best-known bits of information concerning Hungary’s current constitutional drafting process. But lovers of liberty should take note of Hungary’s project not because it is a technological…

  • Backgrounder posted October 21, 2010 by Helle C. Dale, Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. The U.S. Takes “New Europe” for Granted at its Own Peril

    Abstract: The nations of “New Europe” have been staunch allies of the United States in the aftermath of 9/11, and have sacrificed resources and soldiers’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Again and again, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have shown their steadfastness and commitment to the United States. Yet America has not always returned the favor. Crucial…

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