NEWS + ANALYSIS
ZOLTÁN KÉSZ

NEWS + ANALYSIS

LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS OVER IN HUNGARY

July 29, 2014 | by Zoltán Kész

The declaration that liberal democracy is over in Hungary is no exaggeration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said so. He should know, having delivered two huge blows to democracy recently. Last week started with a Constitutional Court (CC) decision that everyone had been waiting for. The CC was our last hope for checks and balances in the country. We had been optimistic but to no avail. The court slapped democracy in the face regarding Hungary’s municipal election system in the capital, Budapest.

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WILL POLAND SEIZE PRIVATE PENSION FUNDS?

October 30, 2013 | by Zoltán Kész

Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland wants to nationalize the people’s private pension funds. Can he be prevented him from taking this dreadful step? In 1999 Poland, like Hungary and other central European countries, moved from a traditional pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) defined-benefit pension system to a defined-contribution system combined with a mandatory retirement-savings plan operated by private pension funds. Unfortunately, Tusk now wants to repeat the mistake Hungary made in 2010, when Prime Minister Victor Orban, nationalized the private funds’ assets. Poland should reject Orban’s flawed vision of economic salvation through government control.

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HUNGARY’S RULING PARTY PUSHES RADICAL CONSERVATIVE COLLECTIVISM

September 19, 2013 | by Zoltán Kész

After eight years of controversial socialist rule, the people of Hungary had great hopes three years ago when a self-proclaimed conservative, or limited-government, party came to power with a two-thirds majority. It turns out, however, that the ruling party, Fidesz, and its leader, Viktor Orban, favor bigger government than did their predecessors. Fidesz is the only party that has managed to build an agenda on the people’s contradictory expectations. Since the transition of 1990, Hungarians have increasingly demanded paternalist policies.

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