And this old post must be read, too. It was written on the 18th of January, 2012, five days before hundreds of thousands Hungarians took to the streets of Budapest in freezing cold in defense of the Orbán-government.
PM Orbán later said several times this huge rally prevented EU/IMF from doing to what Hungary what they did in Italy and Greece, that is replacing their democratically elected prime ministers with their stooges.
The pro-Orbán rally on the 23rd of January, 2012
Orban…bad guy who may do some good?
While the media in general are paying far more attention to Greece and its determination to play by the rules and thus win back market respect, Hungarian maverick Viktor Orban takes the opposite view. He may well represent a far bigger threat to the shibboleths of our current form of capitalism.
It’s hard to be anything other than equivocal about the rumbling Hungarian crisis. On the one hand, Magyar Prime Minister Victor Orban appears to be in the same Bonkers League as Recep Erdogan, displaying as he does the familiar mix of controlling political power-grabs, while pursuing economic policies best described as All over the Place. But on the other hand, Orban was elected with an overwhelming majority, he inherited most of the fiscal problems from the previous deficit-obsessed New Labour-style government (Peter Mandelson had quite a few ‘friends’ in it), and…
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Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 17/07/2014
I must reblog this… It’s spot on.
SOROS INVOLVEMENT IN DIRTY TRICKS SPELLS TROUBLE FOR HUNGARY
The Slog first posted about Viktor Orban’s outspoken Hungarian government in January 2012. Since then, Mr Orban has won a further General Election here by a very clear majority.This is called democracy.
Hungary is an EU member that wisely decided to stay out of the eurozone.
Hungarian politics are complex, but the Sun headline is this: Orban and his right wing Party are actually nationalists opposed to three things – US neoliberalist colonisation, the euro, and Brussels throwing it’s weight about. Although the Opposition in Budapest positions itself as ‘socialist’, it actually consists largely of former Soviet apparatchiks who became reborn as neoliberal fanatics soon after the USSR collapsed. But they still like the idea of rule by faceless bureaucrats: and so naturally, the EU suits them perfectly. (Think Angela Merkel)
Now think of Hungary this way: Orban is rather…
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Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 17/07/2014
Today PM Orbán flew to the EU summit in Brussels and he gave a press conference. He stressed that the questions of principles must come first before choosing persons for the various positions . (German Chancellor Angela Merkel said before the summit that the latter type of decisions may not be brought today at all.)
Orbán insisted that taxation has to remain on the national level. Moreover he’d want to clarify if EU is willing to let member states to regulate energy prices on the national level. He added that it become a practice in the last five years that EU institutions, openly or covertly, reduced national powers and this has to be put to an end.
The member states are protecting their rights and if an imperial centre, like what Brussels is, want to breach them then that’ll generate conflicts. New European politics doesn’t need more conflicts, it needs more consensus.
Answering a question, he said the Hungarian government would nominate its EU commissioner when elected president Jean-Claude Juncker would officially request that. He added he had a discussion with Juncker prior to the summit. Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, Orbán said the sanctions against Russia must not proceed to the next (third) stage because that would not be in the interests of either Europe or Hungary.
The summit is mainly about haggling top jobs and that’s rarely a simple matter… However the deepening crisis in Ukraine makes the choice of a successor to British EU Commissioner Catherine Ashton, as head of the European External Action Service, an even more sensitive issue than usual since the USA has been pressing the EU recently to toughen sanctions against Moscow. The United States indicated yesterday they could go alone with increasing the severity of the sanctions against Russia. Poland and Baltic countries want a tough stance against Russia but Italy and Germany, which have major economic ties with Russia, are reluctant. So is Hungary.
Anyway, it sounds like Orbán is in combative mood… 🙂 Go, Viki, go!
Eastern EU countries were the main reason for the blockage. They argued that no decision could be taken on the two senior positions before they knew what portfolios would be assigned to “their” national commissioners.
Only the anti-Russia sanctions were extended somewhat Another extraordinary summit will be held on the 30th of August.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 16/07/2014
A great post about totalitarianism in Central and Eastern Europe, a comparison of Nazism and Communism.
The View East
Last week I spent a few days in Prague, where I was attending an International Conference ‘The Legacy of Totalitarianism Today’ (Dědictví Totality Dnes). The conference was organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience in association with several of their partner organisations, and hosted by the Senate of the Czech Parliament. In addition to two full days of conference presentations and discussion, two linked film showings were offered at European House (Evropský dům): Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn (2007) and a special screening of The Soviet Story (2008) followed by a great Q and A session with Director Edvīns Šnore. You can read more about The Soviet Story (and order copies!) at the official website here.
It’s always nice to have a reason to visit beautiful Prague! Photo © Kelly Hignett.
A particular highlight for me was the invitation to attend the presentation of the…
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Tamás Boros, the CEO of Policy Solutions, a left liberal political think tank and PR company, said on the left-liberal/left-wing TV channel ATV:
I believe Hungarian national interest, as such, is very difficult to imagine. 10 million people have different interests, different social classes have different interests. Entrepreneurs think something and employers think something else. So I cannot believe in this thing ‘whole Hungarian national interest’ in general.
Left liberal news anchor Olga Kálmán answered: “I agree. I don’t like such generalizations either.”
So much about political discourse with the so-called ‘left liberals’ in Hungary. There’s no common ground with those having such mentality. There cannot be. These sentences were “cseppben a tenger” (“like the ocean in a drop of water”). No, these two people are not singular cases. They can be considered typical enough of those “progressive, pro-European”, what-have-you political groups and parties they keep calling themselves “democratic opposition” in Hungary and who are the favourites of the Western “mainstream” media, EU, USA, IMF, etc.
BTW, the Hungarian nation consists of about 15 million people. Yes, the population of today’s Hungary is 10 million.
These Boros types are simply enemies of the Hungarian nation and they must be treated as such. So they have to be utterly destroyed from a political, economic and cultural point of view. It’s a war.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 05/07/2014
The Hungarian foreign ministry requested a year ago that Hungary should open two new consulates in the Transylvanian cities Nagyvárad (“Oradea” in Rumanian) and Marosvásárhely (“Targu Mures” in Rumanian) where significant Hungarian communities live. Like most of my readers must know, Transylvania (“Erdély” in Hungarian) was part of the Hungarian Kingdom from its founding in AD 1000 until the Dictat of Trianon in 1920.
Rumanian foreign minister Titus Corlatean‘s initial reactions about the Hungarian request were positive and he still made very positive remarks recently concerning the relations between Hungary and Rumania.
Today it’s been revealed that Rumania has rejected Hungary’s request for opening these new consulates, without giving any explanation.
I’m particularly surprised and disappointed because the Rumanian foreign minister signalled repeatedly how gladly he would invite me to Bucharest and he would want to hold talks about improving and maintaining our relations. I believe this act sharply contradicts his earlier sentences.
said Hungarian foreign minister Tibor Navrasics today in response. He added that Hungary has never ever prevented other countries from opening consulates in Hungary. He remarked that today’s Rumanian decision is going to have consequences and he has also summoned Rumania’s ambassador to Budapest immediately.
Only the traditional/historical anti-Hungarian stance of Rumanian politics, coupled with their guilt-ridden worries over Erdély, can be the only viable explanation for Rumania’s decision. So much about the so-called “European thought”…
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 03/07/2014
To demand/recommend/ask from others not to live sexual life according to their sexual orientation is nonsense and unlawful. People should have such expectations only towards themselves.
“Ten statements about homosexuality” by György Balavány in the left-liberal weekly HVG.
My comment: I wonder if the veeeeeery liberal author thought of other paraphilias like paedophilia, necrophilia, scatophilia, zoophilia, etc. , too…
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 01/07/2014