Winners and Losers of EU Integration: Policy Issues for Central and Eastern Europe

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CHAPTER 7
Hungary

K. Dezséri

S. Meisel

M. Rácz


The Context: Fundamental Changes in Hungarian Society

Hungary’s integration into the European Union occurs simultaneously with two other fundamental changes in Hungarian society: the building of a democratic constitutional state and the transition to a market economy. All three processes are interrelated and, most of the time, mutually reinforcing.

In the decade since the collapse of Communism, the most important accomplishment in security and stability is the establishment of a constitutional state with effective and respected democratic laws and institutional structures. During the past 10 years, the party structure transformed successfully, with the creation of the Conservative, the Social Democratic, and the Liberal political parties in compliance with European traditions, while maintaining political stability. The three parliamentary elections in the recent past helped consolidate the party structure and helped Hungary attain a political structure that is transparent, understandable, and acceptable to its European partners.

During this time, the constitutional state functioned unquestioned, and its legal and institutional frameworks have consolidated, a stabilizing element in the Hungarian political structure.

“ … [C]ontrary to overbidding, abusing ideology and radical competi-
tion, there are some stabilizing elements also in the party structure:

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