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Orban, a mixed feeling

The Hungarian Prime Minister made a notable intervention, followed by a long debate in the European Parliament today (Wednesday January 18). However, we can't help but have a mixed feeling. Hungary has not turned to totalitarianism, tanks are not in the streets, opponents are not searched and arrested. And the new Hungarian Constitution is not the liberticidal text so denounced.

Certainly, it no longer speaks of the Republic of Hungary in its title. But it makes it clear from its first article that the status is the Republic. It is more of a text setting the bar to the right, in a traditionalist Christian way. Its exceptionally long introduction, paying homage to Christianity; certain articles recognizing the protection of the embryo from conception attest to this.

Nor is it the innovation so vaunted by Orban putting an end to a Stalinist constitution. The 1949 constitution had already been modified in 1989 and 1990 and then several times in 1994...

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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