From a Pariah to a Model? Hungary's Rise As an Illiberal Member State of the EU

European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017

18 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2017

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Gábor Halmai

European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW)

Date Written: June 26, 2017

Abstract

The paper looks at the Hungarian government’s reaction to the mass migration, and the way, how this lead to a new concept of constitutional identity in order to justify the refusal of EU obligations. The author argues that the behavior of the Hungarian government, supported by the other three Visegrád countries, during the refugee crisis, has taught us that the strengthening of populist and extreme nationalist movements across Europe is incompatible with the values of the liberal democracy, and that membership in the European Union is not a guarantee for having liberal democratic regimes in all Member States. The paper concludes that the EU institutions so far have proven incapable of enforcing compliance with core European values.

Keywords: rule of law, fundamental rights, constitution, democracy, migration crisis

Suggested Citation

Halmai, Gábor, From a Pariah to a Model? Hungary's Rise As an Illiberal Member State of the EU (June 26, 2017). European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992583

Gábor Halmai (Contact Author)

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