Hungary's descent into authoritarianism

Author: Eszter Nagy


In 2010, General elections took place in Hungary. A disproportionate election law turned 53% of the votes into a constitutional majority.

Hungary has a unicameral parliament which can make a constitutional amendment with a one time 2/3 majority vote. A frenzy of legal change was initiatived with the aim of entrenching one party in power for the foreseeable future. Rule by law  instead of rule of law. To all intents and purposes, the government can now rule by decree.

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Eszter Nagy

About the Author

Eszter Nagy

Eszter Nagy is the secretary general of UEF Hungary. She has long time (1997-2009) experience in the Hungarian foreign service.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs she worked as French desk officer, later as press, cultural attaché and consul in Ottawa at the Hungarian Embassy in Canada.

After returning to Budapest, she joined the Cultural, Research and Development Cooperation Department in the Ministry, and was posted to Tallinn as deputy head of mission of the Hungarian Embassy in Estonia. On competion of this mission, she returned to Hungary and worked at the Common Foreign and Security Policy Department in the Ministry.

Eszter has also gained experience in the private sector, in the family business and in multinational companies.

She holds a Master’s degree of the Global Economic Relations Program in international relations at the Central European University in Budapest.

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Eszter Nagy

About the Author

Eszter Nagy

Eszter Nagy is the secretary general of UEF Hungary. She has long time (1997-2009) experience in the Hungarian foreign service.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs she worked as French desk officer, later as press, cultural attaché and consul in Ottawa at the Hungarian Embassy in Canada.

After returning to Budapest, she joined the Cultural, Research and Development Cooperation Department in the Ministry, and was posted to Tallinn as deputy head of mission of the Hungarian Embassy in Estonia. On competion of this mission, she returned to Hungary and worked at the Common Foreign and Security Policy Department in the Ministry.

Eszter has also gained experience in the private sector, in the family business and in multinational companies.

She holds a Master’s degree of the Global Economic Relations Program in international relations at the Central European University in Budapest.

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