Orbán’s Hungary under attack by its enemies, and they are many

While Viktor Orbán is battling the European Union and defending the country against the invading conquerors from Africa and the Middle East, the rest of the gang is not idle either.

János Lázár and enemies all around

Once upon a time, naturally before Viktor Orbán began work on the “renewal” of Hungary, there was a cabinet post to oversee the Hungarian intelligence network. Usually, the occupant of that post was a minister without portfolio. Now, however, like so many other matters, it is supervised by János Lázár, the all-powerful minister of the prime minister’s office. Orbán’s “chancellery,” as the prime minister’s office is often called, is a huge organization. The number of people employed in this particular office is close to 1,400. Of this number almost 650 people work for intelligence and information (i.e., propaganda).

On June 23 the parliamentary committee on national security, chaired by Zsolt Molnár (MSZP), asked Lázár to report on the current situation. It began as a routine affair, most likely prompted by the arrival of thousands of refugees at Hungary’s southern border. But as time went by, the hearing turned into something that I can only describe as an accusatory tirade against Hungary’s neighbors and indirectly against the United States. Naturally, the “internal enemy,” the opposition, is also charged with actively ruining their own country’s future.

The countries who were accused of anti-Hungarian policies are Ukraine, Romania, and Croatia. The Ukrainian government is guilty of impeding the Hungarian government’s efforts to assist the Hungarian minorities living in Ukraine. Lázár indicated that this attitude of the Ukrainian authorities keeps the Hungarian intelligence service busy. He also admitted that, as a result, diplomatic relations between the two countries are somewhat rocky.

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In Romania, the government conducts an outright anti-Hungarian policy “under the guise of transparency and justice.” For some background, you might want to read my post on recent Hungarian-Romanian relations and the active Romanian Anticorruption Directorate (Direcţia Naţională Anticorupţie/DNA). Only recently Prime Minister Victor Ponta himself was accused of corruption by the DNA. In fact, Ponta just announced that for reasons of ill health he will retire for a couple of months and his deputy will take over the reins of government. Hundreds if not thousands of cases are pending, so the couple of Hungarian politicians accused of corruption cannot be interpreted as a deliberate attack on ethnic Hungarians or an unfriendly gesture toward Hungary.

But Lázár didn’t stop there. He, in fact, practically accused the United States of being behind the Romanians’ anti-Hungarian policies when he said that “at the moment we cannot ascertain whether these actions have anything to do with the close cooperation between the United States and the Romanian government.” I guess the hundreds of intelligence officers attached to the prime minister’s office are now madly trying to find out whether it is Washington that is encouraging the Romanians “to destabilize the financial foundations of the Hungarian historic churches [in Romania] and to limit the freedom of religion there.” The evil United States was also mentioned as being behind the bad German press.

Croatia is no friend either. Its government is bent on “discrediting the whole Hungarian business elite” through the MOL-INA affair. This is a long story about which I wrote at least twice, once in 2012 and again in 2013. Zsolt Hernádi, CEO of MOL, is being accused of bribery in connection with MOL’s purchase and management of the Croatian oil refinery, INA. Through a clever legal maneuver Hernádi has so far successfully avoided appearing before the Croatian authorities. But he cannot leave the territory of Hungary because he is still on Interpol’s wanted list.

Lázár further claimed that they have “unambiguous information” that certain business groups “intentionally boycott the completion of the pipelines coming from Romania and Croatia.”

All in all, incredible charges against Hungary’s neighbors from the second most powerful politician in Budapest.

György Matolcsy found an enemy in The Economist

It is not only governments that want to discredit and ruin Hungary. For example, the editors of The Economist decided to bury the economic achievements of the Hungarian government, as Matolcsy complained in a letter-to-the-editor. Here we learn that Matolcsy, who is a regular reader of the magazine, found the weekly tables presenting macroeconomic and financial market developments in certain countries and regions extremely helpful. He was, however, surprised to see that, “contrary to your former practice, since your 25 April issue the macroeconomic indicators related to Hungary have been omitted.”

After devoting a long paragraph to the spectacular achievements of his unorthodox economic policies Matolcsy comes to the point:

The omission of the data is detrimental to perceptions about the Hungarian economy. Moreover, its timing gives the impression as if The Economist was keen on presenting those data to its readers that confirmed the problems of the Hungarian economy, which indeed did exist in the past, while it would rather hide the data demonstrating the successes achieved in recent years. The deletion of information related to Hungary hinders readers with a general interest in economic developments from making an educated assessment, while it reduces the opportunity of investors with a presence in Hungary or considering future investments in the country to monitor the most important developments in the Hungarian economy in one of the world’s most widely read economic weeklies.

In brief, Matolcsy is certain that even the editors of The Economist are conspiring against Hungary by refusing to share the good economic news coming from the country. Surely, it is madness but, I’m afraid, quite typical. Otherwise, I just learned from György Bolgár’s column in 168 Óra, which functions as a kind of Hungarian “fact check,” that Hungary was replaced by the Philippines on the list of 42 countries, but only in the print edition. Online, Hungary is still there. Bolgár noted that Portugal, whose territory is practically the same as that of Hungary, is not listed either, although its economy is larger than Hungary’s. But, Bolgár added ironically, “they don’t have a Matolcsy who would indignantly complain.”

Freedom House is also an enemy of Hungary

Complaining at every instance about perceived unfair criticism is part of the central directive coming straight from Viktor Orbán, who repeatedly instructs Hungarian ambassadors to raise their voices every time Hungary is “unfairly” criticized. And the fact is that, as far Hungary’s current political regime is concerned, all criticism is unfair. For example, the latest Freedom House report, which degraded Hungary to a “semi-consolidated democracy” from “consolidated democracy.” What does that mean? Where does that put Hungary among the former socialist countries? Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Baltic states are consolidated democracies. As of 2014 Hungary joined Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia as a semi-consolidated democracy.

A day after the report became public, the ministry of justice published an announcement titled “Freedom House paints a false picture of Hungarian democracy.” The arguments that are supposed to show that Freedom House’s criticisms are unfounded are weak. For example, on the electoral system’s failings, the ministry of justice can say only that “last year’s elections prove that our electoral system works well and reflects voters’ will.” What they neglect to say is that with less than 50% of the votes Fidesz managed to have a two-thirds majority in parliament. The only answer to the criticism of the justice system is that Freedom House should take a look at the European Union’s Justice Scoreboard, which “showcases the quality, independence and efficiency of the justice system.”

Freedom House is also wrong when it accuses the Hungarian government of not supporting disadvantaged social groups when in fact the government’s “main tools of these efforts are triggering economic growth, stopping inflation, creating jobs and public catering for children.” Clearly, this is no answer to the absolute neglect of the poorest segment of society. Otherwise, “the Government of Hungary is ready and open to all discussions concerning democracy and human rights, and accordingly to contribute to the development of a true picture of the country.”

One must admit that the present leaders of the country are unbeatable when it comes to misleading unsuspecting and trusting foreigners. Luckily, their numbers are diminishing.

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w36
Guest

Terrible approach.
This blog gives space to the nonsense coming from the Orban regime.
This blog should call these people around Orban liars.

Öcsi
Guest

This is such a tired, old narrative. On the one hand, Hungary is a small, inconsequential nation that was decimated at Trianon. On the other hand, Hungary is an important, dynamic nation beset by enemies at its borders and beyond. Throw in a schizoid PM and it’s little wonder I often think Hungary is going to hell in a hand basket.

george
Guest

Lol. It looks like the hungarians see enemies everywhere ! That’s interesting.

Webber
Guest

No “The” before Freedom House. Otherwise, excellent.

GW
Guest

Inventing enemies out of thin air is probably, psychologically-speaking, better for many Hungarians than the reality that the rest of the world really doesn’t care enough to provide Hungary with enemies. In their fantasies, Hungary has enemies because of its significance, but in actuality, it has neither enemies — because of its lack of significance — nor passionate supporters –because of its paranoia and increasing distancing from western democratic values.

Member

This woman – Eva Balogh – is trying to proof, that witches are really existing. Because she is a incarnation of evils and monsters among the mankind. I have asked some Americans Hungarian descending, who is that woman? They told me, she is a Israeli and can’t be therefor qualified as renegade or origin of a traitor her own nation. But I asked back, the Israeli are not so bad, just their politic.The immediately answer was, her job as troll is to spread antihungarian antisemitism. That’s the point.

Guest

“Makaroni”, you’re really funny in a way!

On the other hand you’re a perfect example of what’s wrong with many (but not all …) “Greater Hungarians” …

Member

And about the enemys all around, 72 % of the historian Hungary is occupied around today! From “friends”? With faith a comply since 1918. With no self-determination. The part of the historic Croatia is a exemption, but not over that what Serbia occupied since 1918 for Jugoslavia. That’s means in the terms of the Freedom Hous really, in that area of Europe are very disputed countries. Maybe that is the reason, why the US is today so much against the indigenen Hungarian reservation in Europa. Because this reservation is crying for ENTCOLONISATION and ENTOCCUPATION. Against GENOCID and ETHNOCID

Webber
Guest

Prima di frutto!

Member

And the so call “Hungarian Spectrum” is in reality a American Spectrum. In that case is no matter what a human monster is saying, because the US is the biggest power in the world. Why? Should I repeat it nevertheless I and the Hungarians are loving their people and country. Because of one Charles Gati or Eva Balogh? Both very inhuman people with no sense of national pain in case of Hungary?

Guest

Are you really that stupid or are these comments meant to be satirical somehow?

You really should try to comment on HungarianAmbiance or kuruc – that might be fun for the other loonies there!

Havelaar
Guest

“You really should try to comment on HungarianAmbiance or kuruc – that might be fun for the other loonies there!”…Spot on. Well he is a paid troll, it will lead nowhere.

@ Wolfi,

Maybe you do not have the same problem as me right now. But I am curious. Right now it is impossible for me to read anything on Politics.hu. For some days already. I am not paranoid but curious. Is it possible for you to read/comment over there? After all, it is a website where the Fidesz and white supremacist trolls are being ridiculed and unmasked continuously and with a lot of success. . So it would not surprise me if the Fidesz regime would sabotage the site.

seinean sabisan
Guest

I can’t access the site either.

Guest

Well (or rather not …), this morning it still worked – right now when trying to update I got :
“Error establishing a database connection”
So the server seems to be down.

Guest

After having no luck in getting politics.hu yesterday and this morning, I just now got it! So glad!

Havelaar
Guest

Well I am still not connecting to Politics.hu. Living in the Netherlands. The problem is, it could also happen with Eva’s blog. After all it would not be a surprise if Hungarian NGO’s will be blocked…just like in Putin’s Russia.
After all it would not be a surprise if they block Hungarian Spectrum also.

Guest

Havelaar, that would be too much for the EU, I’m sure!

Here in Hungary pol.hu is again accessible, though the service is still erratic – took a long time to update.

Caboodle.hu has had server problems before – don’t know about their financial situation since Erik d’Amato went back to the USA.

Of course making their system unreliable so that many users stop using it would be a very clever act of the Fidesz mafia – but I don’t think they’d be able to do that …

LwiiH
Guest

The politics.hu server is in Germany. The simple explanation is the server is acting up in Germany without any outside assistance.

LwiiH
Guest

For completeness Eva’s server seems to be in Provo.

Webber
Guest

Tutti frutti Magyaroni!

spectator
Guest

Take your ‘National Painkillers’ dear, in a ‘bad case’ of Hungary, or just to help you along, please!
Otherwise it may even help if you’ll just sleep it out, whatever it is…

István
Guest
Giorgio your American Hungarian associates must belong to the community here in Chicago because they have a similar tone. The idea that the claim Eva would be an Israeli citizen some how destroys any credibility she has reveals obvious antisemitism. As to Eva being a mouthpiece for the U.S. government I find that claim absurd. In general Eva looks at Hungary through a pro-western perspective, which is not always commensurate with the foreign policy objectives of my country the United States. Eva is an honest intellectual who does not adopt a pro-American perspective, but rather a perspective that she believes will expand democratic rights in Hungary. Professor Gati I think sees Hungary somewhat differently than Eva does, more attempting to play a foreign policy balancing act between Russia and the USA. I think Eva sees Hungary as led by PM Orban as evolving towards Russia and Putin steadily. I and maybe some others on this blog see PM Orban, Fidesz, and Jobbik as being full blown Putin agents now and staying in NATO to promote Russia’s interests. Hungary under Orban is in the EU largely because it is a cash cow for corruption that is the only reward Orban can… Read more »
Member

The Nagy-Magyar Mentality (or the “Pannonian Persecution Complex”)

What is the real head-shaker is the fact this “GM” is not just some delusional institutional escapee but a representative plurality of the Hungarian populace and mentality — and not just domestically but abroad (even after having enjoyed the hospitality of real democracies for decades: Caveat EU!).

If nothing else, we should thank our lucky stars that this mentality in confined to a Balkan Backwater kept cognitively semi-isolated from civilization by a Uro-Altaic linguistic filter that is, it seems, impenetrable (and even inescapable) to many.

(And yet it’s a wonderful language, for those who are blessedly immune to its base irredentism and baseless braggadocio.)

Webber
Guest

Charming, charming – a wonderful language – but I’m learning Greek now!

Janos Boris (@janos444)
Guest

No, I don’t believe this guy is for real. 🙂 It’s a spoof.

tappanch
Guest

One of the unacceptable demands of the European Commission is:

“The new VAT system [of Greece] will:

unify the rates at a standard 23 percent rate, which will include restaurants and catering, and a reduced 13 percent rate for basic food, energy, hotels, and water (excluding sewage), and
a super-reduced rate of 6 percent for pharmaceuticals, books, and theater .”

Orban forced a higher rate on the Hungarians !

The basic food rate is 27% in Hungary as well as the general rate.

http://europa.eu/rapid/attachment/IP-15-5270/en/List%20of%20prior%20actions%20-%20version%20of%2026%20June%2020%2000.pdf

tappanch
Guest

Orban’s virtual reality is busted:
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spectator
Guest

Oh, noooo!
But he was supposed to be a KING – if he’ll ever grow up…!
Now I’m all worried!
Please, tell me, is there any hope yet?

tappanch
Guest

Sunday, June 28, 11:35 PM

USD/HUF = 286.6, up 2.5%

EUR/HUF = 314.6, up 0.8%

Guest

Re: ‘this woman – Eva Balogh – is trying to proof, that witches are really existing. Because she is a incarnation of evils and monsters among the mankind’

Uh oh we heard that kind of talk here in the a States before back in the late 17th century. Shades of the notorious Salem Witch Trials coming up! The takeaway there was that no ‘witches’ existed but rather Salem society succumbed to the winds of delusion, hatred and abject fear that existed within the hearts of its inhabitants and blew over to those outside of themselves. Not only were the ‘witches’ destroyed but a society. Point to ponder as Magyarorsag sails onto rough reefs in their march to an oxymoronic ‘illiberal’ democracy. Mr. Orwell would love that construction.

And Hungarian Spectrum as ‘American’ Spectrum. If I’m not mistaken this blog gets comment and opinion from around the world. Each looks no doubt from its own perspective and locale. Might as well call it ‘European’ Spectrum as well. Why single out the ‘Amerakai’? Kerem szepen.

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