Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó compared the European Union to an old gent with halting steps, but lately the old man has quickened his stride. At least as far as Brussels’ relation with Hungary is concerned. Patience seems to have run out with Hungary’s maverick prime minister, Viktor Orbán. One after the other, officials of the EU and the Council of Europe have called on the Hungarian government to explain its past unlawful or at least legally questionable moves.
This article first appeared in the November 5 issue of Hungarian Free Press.
“Don’t listen to what I say, but watch what I do!”
— Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary
An essay in honour of Elie Wiesel and Randolph L. Braham
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