Mnemonic Constitutionalism in Hungary and EU Constitutional Imaginaries

The Hungarian case study engages with the presence and instrumentalization of historical narratives in Hungarian constitutionalism through the examination of mnemonic and identity-based constitutionalism – particularly because Hungary’s Fundamental Law contains strong historical references which have been alluded to and utilized in recent case law of the Hungarian Constitutional Court. The case study analyzes the roots of how historical narratives were incorporated into Hungarian constitutional documents as well as the academic and political debates surrounding them, particularly regarding the country’s relationship to great empires in the Central-Eastern European region. It further delves into the current consequences of relying on historical narratives as a constitutional imaginary, especially whether the historical narratives of the Fundamental Law can be connected to the assertion of state sovereignty through the rejection of EU integratory efforts.