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European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part II)

In short, populism encompasses all those questions that certain people don’t want to talk about. It should come as no surprise then that, in our western world, politics, the press and media are suffering a sharp decline in popular trust. I am a democrat. The EPP is a democratic party, and the key to the decades of political success of its member parties – like CDU-CSU, Forza Italia, Les Republicains, Partido Popular or Fidesz – is that they always listen to the people. We haven’t pursued abstract doctrines but represented our voters, designed our policies in a pragmatic manner…

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October 9, 2017

European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part I)

Honorable Professor!

I read with a mixture of enthusiasm and wonder your letter to my colleagues about Hungary and the Central European University of Budapest, in which you state your concern for the integrity and values of the European People’s Party. I was enthusiastic because I am pleased that one of the key figures of the scientific world considered it important enough to issue a statement about us and offer us useful advice. After all, the EPP is the biggest and most influential actor in the European Parliament and European politics, so public attention is important to us. It is…

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October 9, 2017

Political

Hungary’s Constitution, the Fundamental Law, Turns Five

On Monday, the Hungarian Parliament celebrated the five-year anniversary of the passage of Hungary’s first democratic constitution, the Fundamental Law. It has become an example to Member States and EU institutions about how to work together proactively and efficiently, and has weathered more than its fair share of political storms. But that’s not the only European aspect we are pleased to celebrate.

Hungary was the last of the “new” EU Member States to replace its outdated constitution, dating from 1949 and rewritten in 1989, while Soviet troops still occupied the country. The previous constitution never had legitimacy because it was…

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April 28, 2016