The European Parliament election results of 2009 foreshadowed a decisive victory in the 2010 parliamentary elections.

They won a total of 263 seats in the parliament (out of 386), which is enough to change the Hungarian constitution.

They now had the power to do literally anything. Although I didn’t vote for them I have to admit I understand the idea of power. Even though I disagree with the thinking of FIDESZ and Orbán Viktor, I supported the possibility of big changes.

The sixth National Assembly was established on 14 May 2010. The representatives accepted a bill of dual citizenship, granting Hungarian citizenship to every Hungarian in the Carpathian basin and around the world, aimed at offsetting the harmful effects of the Treaty of Trianon, and sparking a controversy between Hungary and Slovakia.


In the autumn of 2010, Parliament passed a new media bill, setting up a new media council. The new members were immediately accused of being politically attached to Fidesz, since all members were elected by the two-third parliamentary majority.

The European Commission criticized Orbán’s second cabinet for its lack of compliance with economic deficit goals in 2010 and 2011, the nationalization of the country’s compulsory private pension scheme.

In 2010, a drafting process for a new constitution began to take place, was finalized by 11 April 2011, and was adopted by the Parliament on 18 April. It was signed into law by Pál Schmitt on 25 April and went into effect on 1 January 2012.

Economy minister György Matolcsy said in October 2011 the return to talks with IMF would be a “clear sign of weakness”] He also said in the Parliament on 14 November 2011, just four days before the ministry’s announcement, in a response to a Jobbik politician, “the government forming its economic policy against this three-letter institution [IMF].

Tens of thousands of people have been protesting in Budapest over Hungary’s controversial new constitution on 2 January 2012, a day after it came into force. Opponents say it threatens democracy by removing checks and balances set up in 1989 when Communism fell.

The European Union and the United States had also asked for the law to be withdrawn.


The European Commission launched legal proceedings against Hungary, said José Manuel Barroso on 17 January 2012. The procedures concern Hungary’s central bank law, the retirement age for judges and prosecutors and the independence of the data protection office, respectively.

Joseph Daul (EPP) noted that Hungary has undertaken many reforms in the past and is emerging from a period of poor economic conditions and severe problems of corruption. However, newly elected Socialist leader Hannes Swoboda (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) said that essential issues, like the independence of judiciary – a breach of European values of democracy – are at stake.

As you can see there were no big changes, maybe on paper. What most people feel can be represented by the Euro-Forint exchange rate:


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