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As for the EP debate on Hungary with Orbán present, in addition to what I wrote in the Salon, there is another moment worth to mention. Some EPP MEPs took a page from Fidesz's rhetoric, claiming that Fidesz's new constitution replaced the 1949 Stalinist constitution. Daniel Cohn-Bendit ridiculed this by asking his EPP colleagues how they could then approve the accession of a communist country in 2004?... Since then, a blogger did something even more effective: a direct comparison of the original 1949 constitution, and the version valid just before the Fidesz constitution (with all the modifications since, in particular a total re-write in 1989). Check it out yourself: new additions in green, the excised parts of the original in red, retained parts in black. Seems like less than 0.1% remained...
One whose delusions are out of fashion.</sub>
Could we perhaps have a diary with EPP MEPs that obfuscated?
In the EP debate on Hungary, that is. I'll do it in this long comment. The transscript is here; unfortunately, I can't find the official English translations so I had to do it with Google. First the non-Hungarian EPP MEPs who spoke – I sensed an over-representation of Italy/PdL:
Debates - Wednesday, 18 January 2012 - Recent political developments in Hungary (debate)
This is not about gender discrimination, and I can assure you that I would have something to say on that subject if it were. If Mr Szájer were married to a man, the same thing would apply, but I know that is not possible in Hungary.
The extra detail is that József Szájer is widely rumoured to be a closet gay, and was sent to Brussels/Strasbourg after (1) a gay group called on him to come out and speak up after violent protests against the Budapest Gay parade and (2) he escaped with his immunity when a brothel was busted in Vienna for employing underages.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
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solated, feeling misunderstood and misrepresented, Hungary is getting a taste of what Israel goes through.
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