Saturday, February 24

Hungary

Hungary Can Put Its Own Law Above EU Law If It Falls Short
Europe, Hungary, News

Hungary Can Put Its Own Law Above EU Law If It Falls Short

For the time being, the highest Hungarian court will not let itself be played out against the European Court of Justice. The Hungarian government had asked the Constitutional Court to set aside a ruling from the European court, but it has not complied.   Prime Minister Viktor Orb├ín's government went to the Constitutional Court after an unwelcome ruling by the European Court on Hungary's asylum policy. Budapest asked the court to determine that Hungarian law takes precedence over European law, as happened in like-minded Poland earlier this year. The court does not agree. Hungary may, however, follow its own asylum rules and laws where and as long as European legislation has not been sufficiently elaborated, according to the cautious and nuanced statement. The EU had ruled that Hung...
Hungary Passes Anti-Gay Law Despite Massive Protests
Hungary, News

Hungary Passes Anti-Gay Law Despite Massive Protests

A controversial law has been passed in Hungary that prohibits references to LGB and transgender people in areas where minors may be present.   The law has attracted a lot of criticism. Yesterday, thousands of Hungarians took to the streets of Budapest to protest against the passing of the law. The controversial law passed in Hungary today is a proposal from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his conservative Fidesz party. The law stipulates that in spaces where minors can be present, almost everywhere, no "promotion" may be made for LGB and transgender people. 157 delegates passed the amendment and broadcast live on television. In practice, as a result, films in which the theme is discussed will no longer be shown on television. Advertising campaigns depicting male couples ...
Germany: This is No Time For A Veto on the Rule of Law
Europe, Germany, Hungary, News, Poland

Germany: This is No Time For A Veto on the Rule of Law

Hungary and Poland must give up their opposition to the rule of law conditions for the European multiannual budget and the corona repair fund, Germany warns.   With a second wave of the corona pandemic sweeping across Europe, hurting the economy even more, "it is no time for vetoes," European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said to consult with his European colleagues. Budapest and Warsaw fulfilled their threats on Monday and blocked the 1.8 trillion euro EU budget from 2021 to 2027. The other member states decided that recipients of EU subsidies will from now on be judged for their dealings with, for example, freedom of the press and independence of judges, and the two countries cannot live with that. But it is time to "act quickly, in a spirit of solidarity," said Roth, who chair...