Approximately six or seven. That was after our first free election 15 years ago in 1990. After the elections, some members left their own parties and became independent. They cannot join another party within six months of leaving, but they have not run as independents in free elections.
The war in Iraq was not popular in Hungary. Public opinion did not favour the steps taken by the Hungarian Government and upon the decision of the Parliament the Hungarian contingent had to return from Iraq. In general, Hungary is not interested in the maintenance of an anti-democratic system. Consensus was widespread concerning this issue.
Participation in the European elections was a little higher than 42%, but that was relatively low. However, it is a general tendency in Europe. As a new member state, we would have preferred a bit more interest.
Dialogue between political parties in Hungary is rather less effective. There is a sense that the power of parties is reflected in election results. The political practice whereby the power of parties is a reflection of their election results makes election campaigns very tense and makes political dialogue more difficult. I hope that our accession to the EU will provide an opportunity for this situation to change. As the governing party, the Hungarian Socialist Party initiated deeper dialogue with regard to the national development programme and achieved positive results.
Hungary's geographical location makes it very vulnerable to international crime and it is affected by problems such as drug trafficking and human trafficking. We wish to make effective progress in strengthening co-operation in the areas of justice and home affairs. Hopefully, the improved possibilities provided by the new constitutional treaty will help tackle this essential issue.