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Hungary Reform Steps Spark U.S. Concern, Ambassador Says

December 09, 2011

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Hungarian government’s measures to overhaul the judiciary, media regulation, and parliament, and their impact on democracy, are a cause of concern for the United States, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis wrote in an article in Heti Valasz.

“My embassy’s staff and my colleagues have carried out very thorough work to understand the impact of cardinal laws on democracy. We remain concerned,” Kounalakis wrote in the article published in the weekly newspaper today.

The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban should “consider” its measures before the new constitution comes into force next year as “a number of credible voices have raised questions,” Kounalakis wrote.

The ambassador questioned whether “appropriate checks and balances” are built into the system to “preserve the independence of democratic institutions for future generations.”

--Editor: Chris Peterson

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