Recently, democrats all over the world have felt compelled to somehow deal with
Hungary’s shift towards autocracy. The situation is highly interesting, even from a
theoretical viewpoint, since the country is a Member State of the European Union as well
as of the Council of Europe, yet the framework of an anti-democratic regime has already been created. Thus, the government has been continuing on the path it started in 2010, unstintingly introducing anti-democratic measures and destroying basic checks and balances in the country.
However, I personally disagree with authors who claim that the country is already a dictatorship and I also disagree with calling the system despotic, even if these phrases do sound good and are useful for rallying European public opinion. We must understand that this Government receives strong support from its country’s citizens. Moreover, I also believe that most Hungarian voters support a number of its anti-democratic measures. Therefore this is not a completely illegitimate Government.
The Present Situation In Hungary
When di scussing issues of democracy, it is necessary to highlight some important points
that were crucial in re-shaping the foundations of the Hungarian legal system. I hereby only underline the most salient since there have been so many measures which are anti-democratic that they cannot all be mentioned here:
First, we must discuss the system of checks and balances.