Acting Intelligently: The Hungarian Legal Way

Interview with Professor Armin von Bogdandy on the Hungarian legal order compared to Poland

26 January 2022

 “I cannot see how abolishing the Constitution would be compatible with EU law.”

Prof-Dr Armin von Bogdandy Source: Eötvös Loránd University
Prof-Dr Armin von Bogdandy Source: Eötvös Loránd University

If the opposition rewrites the constitution with only a slight majority, Hungary could find itself in more serious legal disputes with the European Union than ever before, says German constitutional lawyer Armin von Bogdandy, who specialises in EU law.

The professor, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), says that although there are strong signs that Hungary is violating the EU’s fundamental values, the government is acting much more ‘intelligently’ on legal issues and is not using the courts to take on political opponents in the way the Polish political leadership is. He says the rule of law mechanism is necessary and the primacy of EU law could be even stronger because of the battles between Warsaw and Brussels.

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