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Diplomatic experience had convinced Kennan that democracy was inimical to a mature and responsible foreign policy, in part because democracies had to contend with a public opinion that was woefully uninformed and erratic.
After the initial, highly public loss of several key competences, the Constitutional Court spent the year staking out powers of review on some of the most controversial public policies.
What is needed is for Hungarians and other Europeans living in the post-Soviet era to shed their history of government-mandated charity and reclaim a self-sufficient spirit of civic responsibility.
After a recent Constitutional Court ruling, Fidesz has decided to end its controversial push for voter registration, which is arguably the party’s most significant concession since it was elected to an absolute majority in Parliament in 2010.
The President of the Republic recently sent the election reform bill to the Constitutional Court for preliminary normative review, which could prove to be the next real hit for the Fidesz-led legislature.
The Court sent a very clear message to Parliament that if they want to amend the Basic Law, they better do so according to the Basic Law they themselves adopted just over a year ago.