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Thanks! No checks and balances. Berlusconi tried to stack courts and institutions but the safeguards make it practically impossible. He would pass laws to either increase or reduce members within an institutional body or increase the number of members in that body selected by parliament. There's simply no way to stack a majority in key institutions short of a coup d'etat.

There is also the problem that the person appointed to a prestigious independant position may actually take seriously his institutional responsabilities and no longer obey the master, which I hope may happen with some of those Orban appointees.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 10:28:15 AM EST
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