March 15

It’s the 15th of March today which is the most patriotic Hungarian national holiday. Hungarians wear a cockade on this day of the year to commemorate the 1848 anti-feudalism revolution and the ensuing freedom fight against the Austrian empire.  Eventually the Hapsburg ruler called for help from the Russian tzar, within the framework of the post-Napoleonic  Holy Alliance, and the preponderance of  Russian army defeated the Hungarian one in August, 1849.

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I’ve just returned from the city where I was listening to Prime Minister Orbán’s speech. Here is my cockade and here is some food for thought from his speech:

“March 15 is proof that we lived, we live and we’re going to live. That’s our triumph.  We have always won the wars for the survival of our country and nation here at the crossroads of cultures, empires and civilizations…

On this day, an assassination shook ancient Rome 2061 years ago. Revolutions broke out in Europe in 1848 and Europe is approaching a state of revolution now, too.  Nations rebelled against the Unholy Alliance of Brussels bureaucrats, the liberal global media and  international bankers always craving for more profit. First the Brits rebelled then the Americans did and this year the rebellion will continue… Brussels and the international financial capital may not care about the safety of European peoples. But we do.  They may not care about our staying Hungarian. But we do. We must defend our borders, we must prevent crowds with alien cultures from settling here, we must make the foreign financed lobby networks transparent and we must keep the right of deciding on our taxes, minimal wages or our regulations for utilities.”

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Since our Polish friends took their own good part in these historic events,

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traditionally Polish people come to Budapest on March the 15th to celebrate, too.

That’s why Orbán’s speech could be read in Polish on a nearby screen.

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As always on this day, there will be family programmes as well.

DSC_0021However not only Hungarian and Polish patriots attended the speech.  This man, surrounded by a gang of similarly looking men, started a very loud siren close to the place where I was standing.  Surprise, surprise: Three or four busy photojournalists were shooting their expensive cameras right there…  “Something should be done” was the helpless word in the crowd which did want to listen to  Orbán’s speech.  Tensions were rising.  I took this picture of the siren man and I quickly made my way back through the crowd where I had seen some heavily built, bouncer looking security guys.  I guided them to the yellow trousers.  His siren was still on. There was no justling or fighting. After a few minutes of talking and muscle flexing, the security guards made the siren stop and they escorted yellow trousers and his cohort out of the crowd. Hopefully I ruined the day for the photo reporters. 😮

All right, now back to the family programmes. 🙂

Update:  Read, or listen to, the full speech in English here.

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A new beginning in Hungary-USA relations

Réka Szemerkényi, an economist, political scientist and politician, has been Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States since 2015. She served as State Secretary for Foreign Policy.  She worked as a Senior National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán from 1998 to 2002.

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Mrs. Szemerkényi gave an interview a few days ago (see a  summary here). Let me summarize the most interesting points:

  1.  President Donald J. Trump has a “very positive” opinion of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and negotiations about a possible meeting of the two leaders are under way.
  2. She has already met with almost half of the U.S. government and the relationships have been so good that other embassies in the United States have asked her for advice and contacts.
  3. She has met and has spoken  with President Trump three times since he was inaugurated less a month ago. Out of more than a hundred ambassadors to the USA , only six were invited to that round table talk where she met President Trump last time.
  4. She has met Vice President Mike Pence.
  5. She has had talks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions three times. She has also met  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Hungary has been “at the back of the queue” in Washington DC since 2001 when PM Orbán’s first government decided to buy new Swedish Grippen JAS-39 fighter jets instead of second-hand F-16’s under the presidency of George W. Bush.  The relations became particularly bad during the last few years of  the Obama administration, especially when the US embassy to Hungary was run by Charge d’Affairs Andre Goodfriend who directly meddled in Hungarian domestic politics.

Now it seems we’re getting to the “front of the queue”. 🙂

 

 

On conservatism

English philosopher and political thinker Sir Roger Scruton, who is held in especially high esteem in Central Europe and Hungary, gave a lecture on conservatism in the Danube Institute a few months ago. I’ve just noticed a video recording is now available.

 

 

 

 

The wonders of the Hungarian language

Happy New Year, folks!

This post will not be about Hungarian politics or international politics related to Hungary. I  thought I would write my very first blog entry about 2016 this year, the year which may well enter history books as the year when the worldwide rebellion against globalist, politically correct liberalism started (apart from pioneer Hungary or Poland). But I’ve changed my mind.  I’m going to write about our wonderful language instead.

Let’s give a thought about the language rhythm first.  This is a  very common sign which every customer may read in Hungarian shops every day:

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Please tell us in advance if you need a VAT invoice!

Listen here! This is a hexameter.  Yes, Hungarian is very well suited to metrical poems and Hungarian speakers may enjoy the language music perfectly in, say, an Iliad  translation just like the ancient Greeks could.  So is Hungarian a mora-timed language like Greek or Latin?  Hungarian words are always stressed on the first syllable, so Hungarian cannot be mora-timed. So is Hungarian a stress-timed language like English is?  The lengths of Hungarian vowels always stay constant, so this statement is debatable at least.  Or is Hungarian a syllable-based language like French? There are short and long vowels in Hungarian so that cannot be true either.   Perhaps Hungarian doesn’t fit in either linguistic category.

Now let’s take a random expression from a news site: adóhatósági eljárás  Er… literally this means “tax authority procedure”, that is what people (hopefully!) end up with if they evade tax.  (You see I just couldn’t resist bringing some politics in! 🙂 )

  • ad – give, yield
  • adó – giving, the one who gives =>  transmitter or…  tribute, duty or tax  !
  • hat (verb) – affect, influence, cause
  • ható – the one who affects/enforces something
  • hatóság  –  -ság (or -ség in other cases) is a noun-making suffix which often creates abstract concepts, e.g.:  boldog (happy)  -> boldogság (happiness), rendőr  (order+guard=policeman) -> rendőrség (police)
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    means ‘authority

-ság or -ség?  Oh, well, vowel harmony makes Hungarian sound nice.

  • el  – away
  • jár  –  walk, travel, move (back and forth), frequent, etc.
  • járás –  a noun, moving around, the act of walking… Járás  is also an administrative unit in Hungary, below megye (county), which corresponds to a ‘shire’ in the UK.
  • eljárás – procedure … er, that may be unexpected but there’s logic to it:  eljár = 1. proceed 2. attend

Yes, Hungarian is a very analytical language. We create words and phrases from small building blocks. Let’s see another fun example

  • köz – public, common
  • társ – companion, mate, partner, peer
  • ság (see above)
  • i : This suffix turns a noun into an adjective.  (It often denotes location like Budapest -> budapesti ,  that is a person living in Budapest or coming from there.)
  • el–  short for “elöl“, that is “front”, also as in “first in rank”
  • nök : a person in some position, for example:  ügynök  (ügy=matter, cause), that is an agent or spy or door-to-door salesman or írnok (ír=write), that is a scribe or a clerk

Can you guess, without consulting a dictionary, of course, what  köztársasági elnök  means?   Yes, it’s a political term. Please comment below.

Merry Christmas!

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Imperial hubris from the outgoing Obama administration

The outgoing Obama administration has hit a new low.

The State Department of the USA has issued a statement urging Hungary’s government that they should meddle in judiciary affairs in the interest of a convicted Syrian terrorist.

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Ahmed H. led this attack on Hungarian-Serb border last year and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Hungarian court last week.

PR chief Tamás Menczer of the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Ministry responded to the US State Department with these words:

“we find it rather weird that the USA, which has been regularly lecturing the world about the separation of powers, now calls on a government to intervene in a court decision.

Maybe this is possible in the USA but it is not so in Hungary. It’s not the so-called “civil organizations” which decide in Hungary about those who commit crimes. The judiciary does and this is going to stay that way, irrespective of whether the State Department of the USA likes it or not. Attacking Hungary’s border, leading a charge against the Hungarian police for hours is a severe crime which is to be punished severely. Hungary is never going to call the American courts to account if they would sentence terrorists attacking American police.”

How will a Trump presidency affect Polish politics?

Though Hungary isn’t actually mentioned but this political analysis is relevant to Hungarian politics as well.

The Polish Politics Blog

Donald Trump’s election has raised concerns in Warsaw that the USA may be less willing to engage in European security and try and strike a bargain with Russia over the heads of Poland and other post-communist states. But while there are clearly potential risks for Polish security policy, Warsaw is likely to remain one of the Washington’s closest European allies. Mr Trump’s victory also allows Poland’s right-wing ruling party to position itself as being in the vanguard of an anti-elitist and anti-liberal zeitgeist sweeping through the West.

Concerns over US security commitments

All recent Polish governments have pursued a strongly Atlanticist foreign policy with the USA viewed as the most important guarantor of the country’s military security. One of Poland’s main defence policy aims has been to increase the US military presence on NATO’s Eastern flank. Warsaw has also been at the forefront of efforts to develop a common, robust…

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The triumph of reality over the politically correct liberal model

 

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The conclusion of an election model made by a well-known PC-liberal think tank.

 

Somehow Huffington Post forgot to publish this figure which shows  the time-dependency of their sophisticated mathematical model: 🙂

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Down with PC liberalism! Hurray for Trump!

Prime Minister Orbán said about Donald Trump in Transylvania this July:

The antiterrorism proposals of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump make him the better option for Europe and for Hungary.

The ideas of the upstanding American presidential candidate about the need for the best intelligence services and his opposition to “democracy export” were also applicable in Europe.

I have listened to Mr. Trump’s proposals to stop terrorism, and I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs.

PM Orbán was the first (and perhaps the only) incumbent leader who endorsed would-be President Trump.

He commented on Trump’s victory this morning like this

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Congratulations! What a great news! Democracy is still alive.

The worm has turned.  The presidency of Donald Trump will hopefully mark the end of the politically correct madness which has engulfed the West.

Down with the so-called “LGBTQI  rights”, down with the illegal migration which is killing Europe, down with “democracy export” to the Middle East, down with the whole rotten politically correct liberal madness Hillary Clinton represented!

The knife

  1. If the turnout rate exceeds 50% and there are about 80% NO votes then Viktor will get Crocodile Dundee’s knife.
  2. If the turnout rate is below 50% and about 80%  of the votes say NO to the forced migrant EU quota  then Viktor will get the knife of “the kids having fun”.

 

Update:   It looks like he got only a big sharp kitchen knife. The referendum had a 43.31% turnout rate and the validity threshold is 50%. This means the referendum result is not legally binding for the Hungarian Parliament. However it was a “conclusive referendum” because 98.32% (yes!)  of the valid votes said NO.  In comparison, the  turnout was 45.62% on the referendum on Hungary’s EU membership in 2003 and 84% approved.  PM Orbán’s stance on the EU migration policies were supported by more than three million votes, that is a one million more than how many voted for his party on the last general elections in 2014. This means that the overwhelming majority of the politically active Hungarian voters reject the migration policies of the EU, that is their attempts to legalize illegal migration from the Middle East and Africa into Europe, and they support Orbán’s fight.

 

 

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