Viktor Orbán and his protector Péter Polt, the prosecutor-general

A noteworthy article appeared in B1, a blog that identifies itself as a site “where blogging begins.” I must admit that I had never heard of it until yesterday, when I received three e-mails from three different sources calling my attention to a post on that site. The pieces on the site are written by “nickgrabowski.” It would require an analysis of style and word usage to decide whether all the articles are written by the same person. I have not gotten that far.

My three friends were impressed with the logic of the article titled “What or who keeps the Orbán regime in power?” Reading it, I was also struck by the likely correctness of the author’s post.

According to “Nick Grabowski,” analysts usually offer three alternative explanations for the continued political success of Fidesz and Viktor Orbán. The first lays the blame on the media. Journalists are unwilling or unable to drive home all the criminal activities of the Orbán government. The second group of critics concentrates on the “impotent” opposition. Their voices are just not loud enough. And third, the continued existence of the regime is the fault of the electorate who are not bothered by the corruption all around them and/or don’t understand the intricacies of some of the rather complicated financial deals.

But these explanations are unfair, says the author. The media does what it has to do, and the opposition politicians are loud enough. It is true that the electorate can’t always understand the fine points of such matters as the Hungarian National Bank’s “foundations,” but that has no relevance to the discussion at hand because “it is not their job” to understand or interpret these details. The public pays taxes to maintain institutions that deal with such matters. Specifically, in a democratic state it is the prosecutor’s office that is supposed to handle criminal cases. But as “Nick Grabowski” points out, “while Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan had armies and Lenin, Hitler and Rákosi had their internal network of policing, times have changed. Today [heads of governments] cannot simply kill their political opponents. They must maintain a semblance of legality.”

What does Orbán have? The prosecutor’s office

“Nick Grabowski” argues that Péter Polt is the modern-day incarnation of those earlier forces that both protected their leaders against attack and went on the offensive against their enemies. Before I turn to the long list of cases “Grabowski” cites where Péter Polt, the prosecutor-general, failed to bring charges against individuals involved in highly suspicious cases, let me go back in time, all the way to 2000, when the highly regarded prosecutor-general, Kálmán Györgyi, resigned two years before his term would have ended. In those days the prosecutor-general was elected, on the recommendation of the president, for six years. Györgyi’s second term would have expired in 2002. Györgyi offered no reason for his resignation. By now the consensus is that the Orbán government wanted to get rid of the far too independent Györgyi and replace him with Fidesz’s own candidate. To this day we have no idea about the real reason for the resignation, but the suspicion is that Györgyi was blackmailed. Even before the resignation of Györgyi became known, rumors circulated that his successor would be Péter Polt. Polt has been the prosecutor-general of Hungary during every Orbán administration.

The great friends: Péter Polt and Viktor Orbán

The great friends: Péter Polt and Viktor Orbán

I agree with “Nick Grabowski.” Polt is worth his weight in gold. Although he is not entitled to special government protection, Viktor Orbán recently assigned a contingent of TEK guys to him as a security detail.

Polt’s job seems to be twofold. First, he is supposed to ensure that no procedures are launched in cases that are politically uncomfortable or worse for the Orbán regime. A few examples will suffice here. Polt’s office doesn’t seem to be interested in investigating the skinheads who prevented István Nyakó from turning in MSZP’s referendum question. The facts of the case point to Fidesz involvement. Nothing happened in the case of the phony parties the government financed in order to enhance Fidesz’s chances at the ballot box. No investigation is underway into the VAT fraud of 100 billion forints which András Horváth, the whistleblower at the tax office, reported. No matter how many times Péter Juhász (Együtt) went to the police about the real estate fraud unearthed in District V under the mayoralty of Antal Rogán, nothing happened. As “Nick Grabowski” says, “what’s going on is the systematic plunder of the Hungarian state,” but since the prosecution does nothing, we can’t even call it a crime.

Prosecutor’s office as shield and weapon

The prosecutor’s office shields the regime from any damaging legal procedure. As long as Péter Polt is prosecutor-general, Viktor Orbán and his minions are safe. And he will hold this office for a very long time. In 2010 he was elected for nine years, and his term can be renewed ad infinitum. No retirement age applies in his case. Therefore, Péter Polt can remain prosecutor-general as long as he lives.

Polt’s office not only shields the criminal activities of the government, it also acts as an agent of the government party. As “Nick Grabowski” more forcefully says, “it acts like a political police.” The office does nothing when it comes to Rogán’s shady real estate deals, but it proceeds against Péter Juhász for slander. It moves against people who “liked” a Facebook text uncovering shady real estate deals of the Fidesz mayor of Siófok. There were cases in which the prosecutors hired “false witnesses” against the opponents of the government. They were quick to bring charges against MSZP politicians on the flimsiest of evidence which, after years of litigation, proved to be unfounded.

The power to bring charges lies exclusively with the prosecutor’s office. Since 2011 this provision was even put into the constitution: “The Prosecutor-General and the prosecution service shall be independent, shall contribute to the administration of justice by exclusively enforcing the State’s demand for punishment as public accuser.” Its mandate includes corruption cases. The Orbán government, which considers corruption a means to its political goal of creating a national bourgeoisie, remains perfectly safe as long as Polt is the chief prosecutor.

What happens is the following. Some criminal activity takes place. The media uncovers all the details and the opposition protests, but the case never comes before a judge. Within three days everybody forgets about all the dirty details. “Nick Grabowski” finishes his article on this sarcastic note: “If one day we want to be autocrats, someone should warn us to make sure that we acquire a sufficiently loyal prosecutor-general…. If the prosecutor-general is ours, we can do anything.”

May 16, 2016
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Gabor Toka
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I was also impressed by this article and never heard of the source before. Not that I mean to discredit it, but it is easy to trace it to https://www.facebook.com/EgyenlitoTV/?fref=nf, which is the FB page of the “B1 blog family” with Gábor Németh named as chief editor. The FB page lists “egyenlito.blog.hu” as their page, but the link points to the b1blog site that you read the article on. If you google-search for “Alapító-főszerkesztő: Németh Gábor”, lots of news items come up from 2014 reporting on how this chief editor got into a conflict with MSZP, to which egyenlito.blog.hu was related in some non-transparent way, and then decided to go on its own way with the b1 blog. Most of these news items came out in the right-wing press but see also https://www.mediapiac.com/mediapiac/Folytatja-az-Egyenlito-blog/112040/ and http://lopott.tumblr.com/post/102486432848/bizony%C3%ADtott-az-mszp-lopta-el-az-egyenl%C3%ADt%C5%91t-de-a?is_related_post=1 I am sure that media watchers and Kettos Merce blog know more about Nemeth and his background.

Guest

London Calling!

I think there are parallels with the NAV.

If you are good boys and girls you won’t get a visit that will be terminally disruptive to your business – so you operate below the radar.

If you oppose the government they hold all the aces – and store the dirt on you to add to what they already know. Past indiscretions are held on file and I have no doubt that the Kadar informer files are a rich source to hold against families too.

Passive blackmail.

So be good boys and girls and we won’t send in the terminally disruptive police.

The media are already good boys and girls – they know what’s good for them.

Good boys and girls everywhere.

webber
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NAV is also used to harass people who have paid all their taxes. If you have a business and have done something political for the opposition, you might be audited. Once the audit is over, showing all is fine with your taxes, you are audited again. A week after that audit is over, you are audited again. Etc. Using the same procedure, NAV is used by some Fideszniks to convince people to sell their business to those Fideszniks. Lazar is said to use NAV in this manner.

Gabor Toka
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Of course it is not only difficult to draw the line between truth and legend, but it is also hard to say if a rumor was doing more to damage the reputation of the regime or to intimidate everyone into cooperation with it. It is also hard to say how systematic and extensive an authoritarian regime can be with its oppressive and kleptocratic measures. One Russian entrepreneur who run away to London told the BBC that you can own a mobile phone shop and prosper, and you can even own a hundred without attracting the attention of the regime. But then, eventually, your business success hits a threshold and you have no choice but to sell it (to them? or an apparent friend willing to help?) and run as long as you can take something with you. But I cannot really recall Hungarian business people actually running away. They even found a modus vivendi with Lesztinger (now generous donor for FC Diosgyor).

webber
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Gábor, we all know that there is a difference between Russia and Hungary.

In Russia, if you say “no,” and especially if you become effective for the opposition, you may be killed. This is no urban legend (look up political murders in Russia – look them up in English, because the American and British press are good on this topic)

In Hungary, if you say “no” you may be ground out of business (my NAV comment, above) You will not be killed. The repeat auditing is also no legend, I assure you (there are plenty of well-documented cases – information in Hungarian. My Lázár comment is personal – nothing published on him, yet.).

But I am sure you know all this perfectly well, so I can’t help asking:

Why this obfuscating on your part?

Bowen
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One of the most notable example of state audits being used to try and destroy something the Hungarian government doesn’t like is in the NGO sphere. TASZ have written a long report of their experiences here:
http://tasz.hu/files/tasz/imce/timeline_of_gov_attacks_against_hungarian_ngos_20140921.pdf

Guest

It does not stop with Polt and the NAV. All state institutions are availavle to the regime for cover-up and coercion. Undoubtedly Polt is the key man who protects them all. He is the first to be handcuffed when the regime collapses.

teufel
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FYI.

The name Nick Grabowski is most likely an homage to the protagonist of Macskafogó, a by now somewhat cultish Hungarian cartoon which was made in the 1980’s and which was even exhibited abroad under the title Cat City. It’s about a retired secret mouse agent (Grabowski) who is called in for one last assignment to somehow defeat the cats who are about to exterminate mouse society.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179955/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

teufel
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While I agree that Polt is superimportant to the Orban-system, it is a huge mistake to think that without Polt the situation would change much. The prosecution is rotten to the core and focusing on just one “negative celebrity”can blind us from the reality which is even worse that what one would expect. Polt has been with the prosecution since 2000, today it’s 2016. MSZP – as is its wont – made a very unfavorable deal with Fidesz by which Polt could remain at the prosecution after his term expired with the same salary and perks (and prestige, since he was the only former prosecutor in chief in the system and an heir apparent should Fidesz come to power) in order for Fidesz’ vote for any new chief prosecutor (given the 2/3s requirement Fidesz votes were necessary). Moreover Polt’s father, but perhaps also his mother too was a prosecutor and in these state organizations such a pedigree is important. Eventually, Tamas Kovacs a close to retirement military prosecutor was elected who only served a few years. But in case the parties could not agree on the person, Polt was default person to whom prosecutors would be loyal, since he was… Read more »
Guest

Teufel?

Are you Nick?

teufel
Guest

No, I have nothing to do with blogs. But the name Grabowski rang a bell. I saw the movie ages ago, don’t remember it much, but I know that many just love it.

Guest

Not too much OT:

Does anyone know anything about the sudden death of the young prosecutor in the Quaestor case? I asked our young ones but they hadn’t seen anything on the net (and they are all over the net all the time …).
And the usual suspects also seem quiet – strange …

pollo
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Here’s one link. What’s strange is that no name for the deceased is given, the prosecution says something and journalists accept that as the truth without digging. What are the odds?

Index broke the story but this 444.hu article was shared by 8000 times, which is almost a record for 444 article and indicates people (at least who were online that day) did find it important. But then silence.

http://444.hu/2016/05/12/varatlanul-es-tragikusan-fiatalon-meghalt-az-ugyesz-aki-a-quaestor-ugyben-nyomozott

Bowen
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There are a number of articles online, linking the Quaestor death with Váradi András (the man running for mayor of Felcsut who was mysteriously killed just before the elections). Although the state media won’t dwell on it, the two deaths are clearly linked in many people’s minds.

Guest

It’s still strange, no name, no report on what he did etc …

If I were a “constipation theorist” I’d be nervous – right now HS was not available for maybe half an hour …
“Error 500”

PS:
maybe I’ve been watching too many of these crazy sites lately – here’s one from some Russian “Orthodox”think tank, if you’re in the mood for silliness:
http://katehon.com/
It’s published in English, German, French and other languages
unbelievable Putin propaganda!

Guest

Re: Katehon

The stance:

‘We, at Katehon, view the world as being a global space in which there will always be permanent and distinct civilizations or “civilizational spheres.” These polylogue spheres of influence….’

And after reading the anti-US ‘American Ideology’, it is suggested the best thing to want would be the ‘capitualization’ of American hegemony throughout the world. Now that would make life easy for the Kremlin eh? So much for a ‘balancing’ of viewpoints.

As for Katehon, it looks to be a stimulating bearer of great ideas and tidbits which Fidesz et al can use to constantly ‘zig’ as Europe and the US ‘zag’ through concocted political maelstroms. The Russian view of the world would seem to help position Magyarorszag’s usual defiance now to US dialogues and to exhaust the apparent ‘hegenomen’ in its avowed quest for continued progressiveness and liberal thought through the ‘civilizational spheres’.

Istvan
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The idea that prosecutor-general of Hungary is complicit with corruption in the Fidesz government I am sure is no revelation for western security agencies and was more than obvious to the United States government in relationship to the National Tax and Customs Administration corruption in 2014. Rather than wasting time with attempting to prosecute Ildiko Vida within the Hungarian justice system for her role in attempting to secure kickbacks from two US owned companies in exchange for a tax break and a change in the VAT rate the US government simply used diplomatic sanctions against Hungary and created a PR crisis for the Orban government. Its actually humorous when you think about the fact that firms from EU countries have likely endured such kickbacks for years, no doubt it is to be expected by these firms as the cost of doing business when there is a figure like Jean-Claude Juncker leading the EU who makes jokes about Orban being a dictator. The development of the US actions in relationship to NAV was very well covered by Eva on this blog, so many of the regular readers are familiar with the case. My government treated Hungary like we would treat a… Read more »
Guest

Is it really “Magyar Sors” toalways be on the wrong i e losing side?

PS:
I had to ask my wife what “sors” means – these Hungarian words are so strange to us Indoeuropeans … 🙂

But I immediately understood when she started to explain it to me!

webber
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Schicksal

Guest

O/T I recently commented that Hillary had ‘form’ when it came to Hungary – and thought she would be on Hungary’s case – if she becomes President.

Well I was wrong – It’s Bill :

“……two eastern European countries “would not be free” without the efforts of the U.S., they had decided “democracy is too much trouble” and “want (Russian President Vladimir) Putin-like leadership.”

Szijjártó’s not pleased.

Not pleased at all.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hungary-bill-clinton-comments-dictatorship-offensive-39163773

Guest

“Szijjarto said Hungarians chose their government in democratic elections……”

Ha! Ha!.HAaaaaaaaa! HAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Oh! Sto…… HAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa stop pleeeeeeeees ….HAAaaaaaaaaàa ……
Haaaaaaaa. STOPPPP!!!!!……. Haaaaaaaaaaaàaaàaaa…….

Guest

Petey’s touchy, eh? Would love to be in his head if and when Vlad calls him to the Kremlin at 3am on a dark and stormy night to ‘work’ some things out. It is usually at those times of the day we really get to know what statesmen are made of.

Istvan
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Bill Clinton just made my defection from my beloved Republican Party to support his wife a lot easier. The other part that has helped convince me to vote for Sec Clinton was this article http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/magazine/how-hillary-clinton-became-a-hawk.html?_r=0 that ran back in April. I admit to a deep anti-Russian Federation bias and a disgust over how Putin has corrupted and destroyed the transition process in Russia, effectively destroying any movement towards freer markets, while at the same time destroying social supports in that nation. From having sat on the other side of the line from Warsaw Pact troops during the 1970s part of the Cold War, including thousands of Russians, I got a pretty good picture of how poorly the average Russian soldier was treated by the Red Army. I participated in U.S. border patrols along with the West German Bundesgrenzschutz and during my time on the border saw frequent incursions by Communist military personnel, usually to harass civilians working nearby, with occasional shots being fired by both sides. I also was guilty of several illegal border crossings, to taunt East German guards, at one point we took pictures of ourselves in Communist territory to prove I was a bad ass. But we… Read more »
Guest

Amazing NYT article. Thanks.

She talks to the military on her own terms – but listens too.

I’m voting Hillary.

(Not that I wasn’t!)

Guest

Thanks for this, Istvan! I’ve heard similar stories from my friends which were unlucky enough to grow up in East Germany about the way the poor Russian soldiers were treated – and from older neighbours here in Hungary too.

A bit OT (or maybe not):
Though it seems you weren’t at the border in the 1980s when things really got desperate in the East Block, even in the 70s you must have thought:

This can’t go on forever – the Ecosystem of the USSR and its satellites is going down the drain. Or am I wrong?
I never understood our Western politicians claims that the East was catching up, things were getting better etc …

After one horrible visit to East Berlin I swore I’d never go back there – with my family I only went to Yugoslavia on holiday and there the situation was bad enough!

Guest

Istvan.. From what you say now I understand why Vlad brings in the ‘nuke’ card as he rattles the sabers against the West.

It would appear the modern Vladian combat soldier would only be like some cannon fodder as in those early days of the ‘Winter War’ where they unfortunately died useless deaths while under useless leadership in a war concocted by Stalin into an abject pyrrhic victory. Vlad doesn’t seem to trust his ‘little green men’ too much.

petofi
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Defect not.

Hillary is done. The gorilla in her closet is her Lesbianism which is a 10-ton wrecking ball hanging over her run for the presidency. Everyone knows that it will be used at the opportune moment.

The Repubs are not doing it now because Trump has no chance to beat Bernie. (Though Bernie’s a jew, he’s not running in Hungary…)

webber
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You’ve lost it, completely.
Are you reading far right Hungarian papers in Canada?

petofi
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@webber

Whaaaa? Far right? Never read one of those.
Is it far right to be against Hillarite? Have you read Camilla Paglia?

Hillary is a disaster. Billy’s shout-out to Hungary was an attempt to repair Hillary’s feeble non-response to Hungary during her tenure as Sec. of State.

petofi
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Furthermore, Hillary was outed as a lesbian in a 1996 book, Primary Colours. (Puts a new tint on Billý’s shenanigans, doesn’t it?)

Guest

Petofi, have you gone really crazy now? 🙁
Even if she were, it wouldn’t matter …
Have you started reading “constipation sites” like
https://www.mrconservative.com/2014/10/51732-hillary-clintons-lesbian-past-is-exposed/

webber
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Hillary’s “feeble non-response to Hungary” – Please check your tobacco. Someone must have spiked it.

1. You do realize, don’t you, that the White House sets foreign policy? (read the piece on Hillary Istvan posted above, to see how she differed from and had to defer to Obama on a lot of things).

2. Why do you think Fideszniks support Trump? Why do you think they are so vehemently against Clinton? Clue: because the little Washington did was much more than what the EU did, and what Clinton and (especially) her Husband have said about Hungary has been clear condemnation of Orban and crew.

Saying someone you dislike is gay is a tactic of the extreme right (I’m guessing you’re making some ref. to this bizarre Paglia person – that doesn’t come through, just seems like cranky ultra-r. nonsense)

Now check that pipe of yours. I am sure someone has been playing with it

webber
Guest

P.S. Not that fond of Clinton myself, but compared to the alternative… Go Hillary!

Guest

With the fact of Polt in power and ignoring the political ‘shenanigans’ going around him, it has to point to another fact indicating that the matter of checks and balances in the Magyar state has to be non-existent. Magyarorszag as ‘democracy?’ It’s a story now run out of the ‘non-fiction’ category. The fantasy section surrounded by cobwebs is its new home in the stacks.

Polt would appear to be one cog in a machine contributing his ‘gifts’ to that illusory good time practice of illiberalism and virtual criminality now being judiciously practiced at its highest level in Central Europe.

And for a Beckettian interlude. Can it go on? It can’t go on. It will go on.

tappanch
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tappanch on April 8, 7:07 PM
international reserves of the MNB – debt of the central government [MNB]:
*** = melted retirement funds

2010-03-31: -48.270
2011-03-31: -49.499
2012-03-31: -41.086 -***
2013-03-31: -45.915 -***
2014-03-31: -55.148 -***
2015-03-31: -73.352
2016-03-31: -83 [my expectation, data will be published on May 17]”

Pretty good estimate [self-praise 🙂 ]
Data is out today, the number is -83.268, in billions of euros.

*** = melted retirement funds in the MNB bookkeeping:
2015-03-31: 9.676
2016-03-31: 9.047

tappanch
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One can argue that my indicator is a bit strange. I subtract the gross debt (in forints and in foreign currency) of the central government from the international reserves of the central bank MNB. One reason is that MNB (as opposed to AKK) does not break down the debt into forint and non-forint categories.

Guest

“self-praise” deserved.

Praise from us all well deserved.

Well done!

András B. Göllner
Guest

What comes round must come round. Grabowski’s new revelation was already well known by 2003, when Polt threw out all of the corruption charges leveled against the first Orbán government. Yes, he is a very important part of the mechanism that promotes and sustains the autocracy, but there are many other components some of which are more important than Mr. Polt. Perhaps the most important, and most oft neglected component is Hungary’s archaic political culture and her population’s inability, and unwillingness to distinguish between illusion and reality. This country is perhaps the most hospitable place in the world for the practitioners of political affinity fraud. This is what Orbán clued into. This is what the Liberals ignored.

tappanch
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Here is a better indicator for the net position of the Hungarian state.

Let us subtract the NET {and not the GROSS} debt of the central government from the international reserves of the national bank MNB.

The statistics did not include the nationalized retirement funds in the debt from 2011 through 2014.

2010-03-31: -27.374
2011-03-31: -18.693-***
2012-03-31: -17.536-***
2013-03-31: -23.211-***, position deterioration: 5.675
2014-03-31: -31.955-***, position deterioration: 8.744
2015-03-31: -46.973 , position deterioration: 5.342
2016-03-31: -56.836 , position deterioration: 9.863 billion euros y/y

tappanch
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Here is another way to look at the data. Forget the nationalized retirement funds, they will never be repaid.

Matolcsy took over the National Bank MNB on March 4, 2013.

{international reserves of MNB} – {net debt of the central government excluding the retirement funds}.

2013-03-31: -23.211
2014-03-31: -31.955, difference= – 8.744
2015-03-31: -37.297, difference= – 5.342
2016-03-31: -47.789, difference= -10.492

tappanch
Guest

OK, I hear the voices: the Orban government assumed debt
from the local governments, so it is unfair to look at the
debt of the central government to calculate the net position of the country.

Total government debt:=
central government debt – local government surplus – social security funds surplus.

{international reserves of MNB} – {net debt of the TOTAL government
excluding the retirement funds}.

2013-03-31: -21.512
2014-03-31: -25.737, difference= – 4.225
2015-03-31: -31.355, difference= – 5.618
2016-03-31: -39.929, difference= – 8.574 billion euros

funfactory
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Polt’s parents have been Holocaust survivors. (Tanulság: nincs. Morale of the story: there isn’t one. )

tappanch
Guest

Are you spreading disinformation, or do you have a reference ?

Remark: Beria was not Jewish either. 🙂

ffactory
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I heard this from one of Polt’s childhood friends from the district 5 days (from the northern, Lipótváros part) where they grew up. The source is no anti-semite and I think he is reliable. Plus this info, if indeed true, doesn’t necessarily imply Jewish identity, one parent was perhaps a secular one, the other could have been an illegal communist for example. But both worked in the prosecution (although the mother perhaps not as a prosecutor), at least this is how the source remembers from over 40 years ago. Working in the prosecutorial services in the 1960’s or even before was tantamount to working at the feared Belügy.

petofi
Guest

I’ll side with Tappanch that this is not true…but were it, I wouldn’t be surprised. One of the worst humans I ever encountered was a Lubavitcher in Miami.

Who said there were no bad jews?

Istvan
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I am sure Eva will be writing about this development, but US Ambassador Bell did what I would call a turnaround at least in relationship to her tone in a speech given at the Central European University today and discussed in this article http://nol.hu/belfold/colleen-bel-szerint-aggaszto-ha-kozpenzen-rokonok-zsebet-tomik-1615907 in Hungarian and the text of the speech in English is available at http://hungary.usembassy.gov/bell_05172016.html I would say it would not be unfair to indicate that Ambassador Bell linked the concept of the international rule of law to corruption within Hungary. None the less she give credit to Hungary for helping fight the Islamic State, and I support our Ambassador for doing that. She took a hard rhetorical line on the Russian annexation of Crimea which was great. She in a mild mannered way took on the refugee issue and Hungary stating: “As I have said many times, we understand that Hungary has an obligation to protect and defend its borders, both to its people and as a member of the Schengen zone. But we must resist the effort to conflate the plight of those fleeing violence and persecution with those few who seek to unleash wider terrorist violence – as we saw in Paris, Brussels, and… Read more »
Guest

Oh dear!

The CEU.

That’s Soros.

One of the only universities that could be deemed decent in the Global List – and one that must get Orban’s goat.

And a more critical speech from Bell.

Szijjártó will explode what with Bill and now Colleen!

The CEU is doomed!

Guest

Do you think she’s repositioning herself for Hillary?

Istvan
Guest

I think she is trying to balance out her presentation done on May 5. I don’t see one presentation necessarily contradicting the other presentation. But to be honest the tone could not be more different. Ambassador Bell was asked a question about former President Clinton’s comment on Hungary and she said he is a private citizen and free to express his opinion.

By the fact that the Ambassador took a hard line with the Russians on the annexation of Crimea right after the Clinton comment definitely had an impact on the audience at CEU, hence the question about former President Clinton’s comments. I thought her tone was great.

Yogi
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The audience is different. The CEU audience expects something else than the Committee. But Bell and co. know that this intellectual audience at CEU is ultimately irrelevant. Of course she won’t toughen up, appeasement is always the first choice. She doesn’t want to get sent home packing like Goodfriend was. She’s on a well-earned holiday and she is staying. It is actually her bosses who are starting to realize that Trump has a real chance and if so it’s better to start looking for new jobs now as the crowd will be bigger later. I’m not sure much work gets done at State six months before presidential elections.

Istvan
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Interesting Yogi, when I, a life long Republican can’t make myself consider voting for Trump you see his victory around the corner. I suppose anything is possible. But here in Illinois there is some very interesting polling going on and that polling is asking questions about members of the State legislature who are Republicans and whose seats are up for election in November. One question asked is if the Republican legislator endorsed Trump would you be more likely to vote for him/her, less likely, would make little difference. In most cases endorsing Trump was seen as a negative for the Republican candidate even in highly Republican districts. There was no situation where endorsing it was a positive for these candidates, but some where it made no difference at all. In US politics we call that coat tails and Trump doesn’t seem to have very long ones at least right now. This is my worry right now, that the Republicans will not only lose the Presidential election but elected seats at both the State and Federal level. By the way voting for Clinton will be one of the more depressing necessities of my political life, I am not looking forward to… Read more »
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From across the pond we have a different perspective.

We see the voting preamble to select the two combatants, media-wise as completely out of all proportion to the real event of voting for President.

Even over here it fills our networks and newspapers because if you follow current affairs it’s a fascinating gladiatorial battle – at a time when other newsworthy events can be a bit thin.

So it is an incontrovertible truth – from our perspective – that even if the ‘preambles’ are huge from a media perspective – and goodness knows you spend so much money – the actual number of grass roots people involved is tiny in comparison to the full voting electorate.

That is why Trump appears larger than life politically.

When the American electorate actually votes they will not want Trump – only the tiny cluster of people who resonate with his excluding and racist policies will vote for him – and more than one could expect admittedly – but still tiny.

America always does the right thing – as a last resort.

They will not (cannot) choose Trump.

webber
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I have no idea what sort of education you have, but it is obvious that it did not include a single lesson on American politics. If you intend to comment on this sort of thing, as a minimum I suggest you read Ferrel’s classic, American Diplomacy. Then you might begin to understand what is wrong with your comment.
I’m guessing you are Hungarian. You’ve made too many mistakes to list. I got to seven serious errors in your comment and stopped counting. Some of your sentences contain multiple errors. If you were an American student, it would be as as if you were to say something along the lines of “the Hungarian Secretary of State doesn’t work on national holidays like the 4th of July, and that is why she didn’t submit the budget.”
Ridiculous, from start to end.

tappanch
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“Viktor does not let Ader to be re-elected” as president next year, although Ader serves the interests of the [ruling party] Fidesz well, a Fidesz MP Rubovszky was caught saying on video.

http://hirtv.hu/ahirtvhirei/a-viktor-nem-engedi-meg-hogy-adert-ujravalasszak-1342753

tappanch
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The Orban government plans to take away the remaining schools and tasks from the local governments. All public schools will be managed by agencies of the central government.

http://hvg.hu/itthon/20160517_klik_allamositas_lazar_janos_onkormanyzatok_csomor_budaors

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