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Hungary: Resistance from the Judiciary

Time and again Viktor Orbán's regime in Hungary has tried to disempower the country's courts. They have been bastions of resistance and overturned one piece of legislation after another.

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The history of Hungary's only opposition radio station is all too symbolic of the power struggle between the government and the courts. The state media authority has already tried several times to revoke the frequency rights of the broadcaster Klubrádió. Now, for the fourth time, a court has ruled in favor of the station. The courts also struck down a ban on homeless people living on the streets and an amendment on church recognition. Now Hungary's right-wing prime minister Viktor Orbán has amended the constitution, drastically curtailing the powers of the Constitutional Court.