March 26, 2012
Current issue of business weekly The Economist contains a lengthy article titled "Hungary and Europe - Salami tactics". The point of the article is the verdict of the Venice Commission on Hungary's constitutional changes - and the verdict being damning. The author points out that behind the public rows, Hungary is trying to satisfy its critics - as the approval of the EU is necessary for the country to get the expected standby loan from the IMF. Hungary's positions are though weakened by corruption in the public procurement, since the "government and its friends...have carved up Hungary among themselves as if it were a giant salami."