Cover Osteuropa 4/2013

In Osteuropa 4/2013
Teil des Lesepaket Rechtswissenschaft

The End of Separation of Powers
On the Amendment of Hungary’s Basic Law

László Sólyom

Deutsche Fassung


The recent amendments to Hungary’s Basic Law are about more than just the content of specific provisions or “formal corrections”. Since the electoral victory of the party Fidesz in 2010, it has been possible to observe the instrumentalisation of the constitution to serve everyday political objectives. The constitutional amendments, especially the curtailment of the Constitutional Court’s powers, have one goal: the parliamentary majority claims for itself the right to have the last word on issues of constitutionality. This system resembles the socialist past.

(Osteuropa 4/2013, pp. 5–12)