Hungary finds it unacceptable that any country – even Germany – should interfere with the process of creating its new constitution, the spokesman of Prime Minister Viktor Orban told MTI on Tuesday.
Peter Szijjarto referred to critical remarks by German minister of state Werner Hoyer made on Monday, and said that an “intrusion attempt” like that was not in line with Germany and Hungary being in the same alliance and contrary to diplomatic protocol.
“Hungary had to tolerate being instructed what to do or what to include in its constitution from the capitals of other countries for long decades. That era is now over,” said Szijjarto.
Earlier in the day, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry voiced shock over the German minister’s statement and termed his remarks “inexplicable and unacceptable”.
The Hungarian ministry had made it clear that the constitution would not curb minority rights or restrict constitutionality, and it would not harm but strengthen common European values, State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth said.
On Monday, after the Hungarian parliament approved the new constitution, Hoyer said Germany was “watching developments in Hungary with great attention and not without concern.” The German minister’s statement referred to Hungary’s earlier media law, and said that the new supreme law had not dispel but even increase worries associated with that package.
The ruling alliance of the Fidesz party and Christian Democrats approved Hungary’s new constitution with a two-thirds majority on Monday.
The opposition Socialists and green party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) boycotted the vote. President Pal Schmitt is expected to sign the new supreme law on April 25 and it will come into effect on January 1, 2012.