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”. 🙂

 

 

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.

 

 

Is Western and Northern Europe beyond hope?

I’m reading today’s news from WN Europe.

  • The West Midlands Police, one of the UK’s largest polices,  are considering to allow their policewomen to wear a  full-face covering Muslim headsack called “burka’ on the job, as they drive to “increase the representation of BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) officers to 30 per cent”.  Chief Constable David Thompson has justified the idea with “cultural sensitivity”.  The hijab, which is a Muslim scarf to cover only the head and neck, has been part of the London Metropolitan police force’s uniform for more than ten years and it has been introduced by many other UK forces since, including WMP, and most recently in Scotland,  this June.

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  • An Iraqi brother and sister, who emigrated to the UK with their family as asylum seekers and who were handed a council house in central London worth around £1.3 million, have both been charged with terror-related offences.

And here’s a piece of news from PC madhouse Sweden as well:

  • An interpreter has been suspended from duty by the Swedish Migration Board after she made a remark that many Arab migrants lie about their background to boost their chance of getting asylum and higher welfare payments. That’s a proven fact, of course.

Then there are today’s news from France.

  • Three women have been arrested  in Paris near Notre Dame cathedral. They had been planning an attack on a Paris railway station.  One of them stabbed a police officer with a knife.
  • Then two French women have been assaulted  and their husbands severely beaten, as their children  watched!, on the French Riviera after a gang of young Muslims called the women “whores” because the women were wearing shorts.
  • A French mayor has been reported to the police for so-called “hate crime” by left-liberal “social justice warriors” because he cited  a 1959 de Gaulle speech:

It is very good that there are yellow French, black French, brown French. They show that France is open to all races and has a universal vocation. But [it is good] on condition that they remain a small minority. Otherwise, France would no longer be France. We are still primarily a European people of the white race, Greek and Latin culture, and the Christian religion. Do you think the French body politic can absorb ten million Muslims, who tomorrow will be twenty million, after tomorrow forty? If we integrated, if all the Arabs and Berbers of Algeria were considered French, would you prevent them to settle in France, where the standard of living is so much higher? My village would no longer be called Colombey-The-Two-Churches but Colombey-The-Two-Mosques.

Similar news could be found from Western and Northern Europe by the dozens each day.  It looks like now the lethal mental disease of ‘politically correct liberalism’  manifests itself in newer and newer heights of insanity in WN Europe.

Prime Minister Orbán was awarded the “Man of the Year” award on Poland’s prestigious Krynica Economic Forum a few days ago. He said that

Twenty years ago young Europeans were always told that if they complete their studies, respect the laws and work diligently then they can get further in life than their parents had. But young people in most of the old EU member states would laugh at this idea today. This is still true in Central Europe, so Central Europe is the home of the “European dream” now.

Regarding the topic of migration, Orbán said that

the European countries should help those in need but at the same time they should preserve their own identities… The root cause of the migration crisis is that Europe is currently wealthy but weak. … It had to be made clear that there is a legal process that needs to be followed if one wants to enter Europe. If Europe does not make this clear it will lose everything it has worked for and it will be overrun by another community that has a stronger identity. Many overestimate the impact multiculturalism has on integration and underestimate migrants’ ability to preserve their own identities.

and, most importantly, he added that

Europe needs deep changes. These changes must be rooted in a cultural counter-revolution.

Nothing short of that will save WN Europe!  Politically correct liberalism must be eradicated from politics, media and cultural life.

 

Orbán’s lecture on the 27th Summer Open University in Transylvania

Thank you for Bill Still  for the English-subtitled video. Please check out his website.

The video starts playing where, as the first (and so far only?) incumbent leader in the world, he endorsed US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
However it’s highly recommended to watch the lecture in full!

Happy 1016th birthday, Hungary!

It’s St. Stephen‘s day today.  As most readers would know, people celebrate their “nameday” in Central and Eastern Europe and this is the nameday of our founding king, St. Stephen I. There are all sort of programs today: concerts or

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the traditional Artisans’ Fair in Buda Castle

Then there will be the fireworks as well tonight, of course.

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From a political point of view,  cabinet minister János Lázár, Prime Minister Orbán’s right-hand man, delivered a remarkable speech this morning:

Hungary has never renounced her sovereignty. An independent Christian state is St. Stephen’s heritage. The European Union is not a many century old political union, it’s a pilot project.  Today’s unelected European leaders with zero legitimacy try to tweak the basic treaties of the EU in stealth mode to their liking.  The EU is stricken by financial crises, Brexit and the migration crisis.  Brussels tries to sweep the chief problem, that is the diminishing prestige of the EU and the uncontrolled millions knocking on the gates, under the carpet with their mandatory migrant quota idea. Hungary’s preserving her sovereignty serves the interests of the European community, too.

If needed then we’ll defend Europe even from herself. Hungary will not let down those European citizens who are dissatisfied with Brussels. It’s not the idea, it’s the practice of  the European Union what is wrong.

There will be an EU summit on the migration crisis and Brexit in the capital of V4 country Slovakia ( Pozsony, Bratislava) in September.  We live in interesting times.

Power is poison

Political power is poison.  More political power is more poison. It’s a little wonder that Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán are not terminally ill yet.

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July, 2016: Most likely election results according to all political polls

If the elections were held in Hungary this Sunday then Fidesz would repeat, or actually improve, its 2014  result when they achieved a supermajority (that is two thirds of the seats) as they did in 2010.

One may daydream about a grassroot political force, about healthy competition in Hungary’s political life, but now there are simply no signs in Hungary for an electable alternative to Fidesz.  This is bad for Fidesz, this is bad for the country but it’s a lot, lot better than the prospect of a “left-liberal”, that is MSZP-DK-PM-LMP-Együtt government. Or of a Jobbik government.

 

 

Hungarian football returns

I spent a year as a student in England in the early 1990’s.  On the last day, when I was flying back to Hungary from London Heathrow, I had some time left to kill at the airport.  I went out for a walk and then I saw a homeless guy begging on the curb.  I dumped all my British small change on him, maybe a few pounds. The man was very grateful and, as he was happily chatting to me, he asked where I was from.  When he heard the answer, he started reciting “Puskás, Bozsik, Hidegkuti…”  I think that was really all he knew about Hungary.  I must admit I’ve never been a football fan but that made me think.

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The Hungarian national team played in a significant international event 44 years ago last time.  Still I, a non-fan of football,  was cheering madly at the TV like practically everybody else in Hungary, in the Hungarian communities of the Carpathian Basin or elsewhere in the world.

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The best match of the tournament comes to a close.

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There are significant political implications to this Phoenix-revival of Hungarian football.  Prime Minister Orbán is known to be a football maniac.  He was a professional football player, too. His left-liberal political enemies have been raging about that loads of  derelict football stadiums have been rebuilt in Hungary since 2010, to a large extent, from taxpayer’s money.  Orbán’s home village now hosts the world’s Number One upscale stadium:

The construction of the Pancho Arena in Felcsut was surrounded in controversy. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban grew up in the village the stadium was built in and is known for his love of football so a lot of eyebrows were raised when Orban’s government passed a lot of legislation which helped the companies which built the stadium. Despite that and the fact that the stadium has a larger capacity than the village it is built in, the Pancho Arena is truly beautiful. Named after Hungarian and football legend Ferenc Puskas, the Pancho Arena was designed by Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz and opened in 2014. The wooden interior and lighting make for a truly beautiful place to play football.

The left-liberal press, politicians and supporters  practically used to be rooting against the Hungarian national team.  The most popular left-liberal newsportal (index.hu) wrote:

At the end of the day, each and every European Championship point (for the Hungarian national team) only vindicates Orbán’s elite. …

It’s a respectable position if somebody roots against the national team in 2016’s Hungary.

After the third fiesta like this,

 

 

now the “left-liberals” have to concede utter defeat. Today’s articles in the left-lib press go as if they were always very supportive of Hungarian football and our budding Golden Team.  😀

Though the Hungarian economy is doing quite well, now Mr. Orbán has even less to worry about the general elections in 2018.

Hungary in the USA Presidential Campaign

It’s really nothing new that USA politicians are bashing Hungary.  Last year Obama was worrying  that “NGOs are harassed in Hungary like in Egypt or Putin’s Russia” and Sen. John McCain called PM Orbán “a neo-Fascist dictator who goes to bed with Putin”.  What is new a bit that they do that in ‘two-in-one’ with our Polish friends. 🙂

Ex-president and aspiring First Lord  Clinton said earlier that

Orbán wants money and to remain in power for good

and then he said this a few days ago:

Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not be free, but for the United States and the long Cold War, have not decided this democracy is too much trouble. They want Putin-like leadership. Just give me an authoritarian dictatorship and keep the foreigners out. Sound familiar?

 

That was a snub at Republican candidate Donald Trump, of course.

Maybe the Hungarian government should have just ignored Clinton’s latest insult and nonsense but Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó still quipped this way:

No one – not even former US President Bill Clinton – should feel he can insult Hungarians, the freedom of Hungary was achieved by the people of Hungary; tens of thousands of Hungarians sacrificed their lives for freedom.  Therefore it is unacceptable for someone to belittle the fight for freedom of the people of Hungary in this manner.

Mr. Clinton must surely know that the people of Hungary have decided on Hungary’s future in democratic parliamentary elections. Mr. Clinton may not like the decision of the people of Hungary, but this cannot be sufficient reason for the former President to insult them like this.

Well, one can safely say that another Clinton in the White House wouldn’t be something to rejoice about for Hungary. So ….

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Update:  Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute has just published an excellent article on this. It also put Clinton’s words, and how Hungarians view them,  into a historical context.

 

Orbán’s “Schengen 2.0” proposals

Yesterday Mr. Orbán visited German ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl in his home in Germany .  The visit made the whole German press very agitated. Every major newspaper and TV channel reported on it and they were speculating about an “anti-Merkel conspiracy”.  🙂

 

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The two politicians issued a statement after the meeting, emphasizing their full agreement on the issue of Europe’s migration crisis.
Orbán told the German media  that “Hungary stands by Berlin and will continue to support Chancellor Merkel  with initiatives like the “Schengen 2.0” plan which is  aimed at protecting the European Union’s external borders.”

So these are PM Orbán’s proposals to solve  the migration crisis, with some explanation.

1. The Schengen rules have to be enforced strictly by each member state, according to the signed treaties. When a Member State is unable to fulfil its Schengen duties, the European Border Protection Agency must intervene, and in the “absence of an agreement, the state’s membership in Schengen should be suspended.

2. All outer borders must be protected with biometric identification measures.

The above two points are obviously aimed at Greece and Italy which both fail to protect their borders from the invaders.

3. The Dublin System needs to be completely reinstated, and needs to be completely enforced. Failure to implement this agreement must result in penalties being applied to the offending state.

This is aimed at all Western and Northern European countries but especially at Germany . Merkel unilaterally ditched the Dublin System by her invitation to the Middle Eastern migrants.

4. Any applications for asylum must take place outside of the EU, at places set up and designated by the EU.

This would obviously stop the “asylum seeking” sham.

5. All agreements on deportations must be concluded in the countries of origin and transit of the “asylum seekers” and they must be enforced in cooperation with them.

As it’s well-known, most originating nations (in North and Black Africa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, etc.) are simply refusing or ignoring all requests to take back their illegal migrant nationals.

6. Illegal migrants should be sent to safe countries of their origin or they should be transited back to their countries of origin.

7. The EU’s foreign, security, visa, and “development” (that is foreign aid) policies must be tied in to the EU migration policy objectives. The willingness of migrant originating countries to cooperate must be conditional on the granting of aid.

8. The EU must make resources available to the current entry hotspots and to the western Balkan nations so that they could cope with border security.

9. A list of safe third countries must be drawn up and this must be taken into consideration when asylum applications are considered, as must the number of safe countries the asylum seekers have crossed to get to the EU.

That’s because you’re an illegal migrant, not an asylum seeker, if you cross multiple safe countries to get somewhere in order to maximize the benefits you could get.

10. All “demographic and labor market challenges and responses” are to be reserved for “sovereign national decisions.”

This is about rejecting that the EU would have the right to “allocate refugees” to the member states. There cannot be any kind of mandatory distribution or automatic mechanism to distribute the “refugees.” by the EU. If Merkel really wants Muslim migrants for her Germanistan dream then she’d have to send charter flights to the Middle East to transfer them to Germany.

Orbán quotes from today’s speech

Prime Minister held his regular, annual “State of the Nation” speech  this afternoon.

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The scene of the speech, “Várkert”, was shamefully derelict until Orbán’s government had it renovated it last year

The transcript is not available in English yet but no doubt you may read it soon on Mr. Orbán’s site here.

As usual, the speech took a broad, historic view and it was spiced up with great metaphors and jokes.  First he gave a broad historic overview of Hungary’s last 150 years, the various eras and its struggles to develop the country. After a few remarks on the political and economic situation,  the second half of the speech was about the migrant crisis and its historic context.  Let’s see some memorable quotes from this part in no particular order:

We should never be dragged into anti-Russian,anti-German or anti-Turkish international political manoeuvres.  Politics based on moral superiority, which is often cultivated in the West, doesn’t fit Hungarian interests.

In Western Europe, now  boundaries are blurred between good and bad, women and men, reality and dreams.

There’s no freedom, community or individual success in the face of reality. There’s only political drug addiction, failures, cynicism and self-destruction if you fight  reality. Maybe this is why there are so many high-minded unhappy liberals in Brussels.

If we don’t act now, the tension between Europe and the Muslim world will be out of control, here on our territory.

It’s not migrants who we should be angry at. They are also victims, they do only what their interest is- but Europe does not do that!

Europe has the capacity to protect itself.  Brussels can’t organise this defence and doesn’t even want to.

How is it even possible to let in masses of people without any control? We just don’t get that here in the Visegrád countries.

Europe is Hellas, it’s not Persia; Europe is Rome, it’s not Carthage. Europe is Christianity, it’s not caliphates.

Some of the Western political elites are cosmopolitan but  people are patriots – these elites don’t understand their own people.

Uncontrolled masses are being transferred into Europe – we don’t know who is a terrorist, who is a criminal, an economic migrant or a refugee: this is CRAZY.

Spring is coming. We must help the countries of the Balkans because they are protecting Europe’s borders.

Hungary is a sovereign country, only those may enter our territory who respect our rules and abide our armed forces.

We cannot let Brussels to place itself above the law. They can’t force us to import their mistakes.There won’t be no-go zones, there won’t be riots in Hungary, there won’t be attacks on refugee centres and gangs are not going to harass our wives and daughters.

We don’t believe that Europe will give up its legacy.  Rest assured Hungary won’t make a single step on that road.

UPDATE:  Watch the speech with English subtitles here.
He speaks about the existential danger Hungary and European civilization face  in the second half.

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