Tibor Navracsics is the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary
I wrote for Conservative Home in November about Hungary’s democratic development. This was partly in response to criticism that Hungary was backsliding on its commitment to European democratic values. It is important that the wider conservative family should understand the changes we are making to Hungarian society and the reasons for them.
My argument was that there is no one standard democratic model. Rather, there are many forms and variations around the world, all of which change and evolve continuously to meet contemporary challenges. Had democracies been incapable of adapting to changing realities, this form of government would not have proved to be the most successful over the past centuries.
The responses to my article were varied and illuminating. One question came up time and again. It related to Hungary’s new constitution and, specifically, the "cardinal laws" that the Hungarian Government is currently enacting. Conservative Home has kindly given me the opportunity to explain the purpose of these laws.