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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Screenshot from BBC interview

Hungary threatened by international liberals over Corona measures

Hungary has once again “come under fire from the international liberal mainstream”, said Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. After his government declared a state of emergency against the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, some EU members have threatened Hungary with sanctions.

Published: April 4, 2020, 9:46 am

    Budapest

    In  a post on Facebook, Szijjarto wrote: “There’s nothing surprising about the recent attack by the failed Italian left-wing prime minister, the German Socialist who are forever the little brother in the grand coalition, the never-elected Austrian Greens or the Luxembourg communists, or indeed the extremely intolerant northern liberals.”

    Szijjarto said such attacks were born of “frustration and envy” because “they can only dream of the kind of social support that the Hungarian government has won by a two-thirds majority in the last three parliamentary elections.”

    Politicians in several European countries have requested sanctions against Hungary for its pandemic emergency law. “We cannot accept the fact that there is a dictatorial government within the EU,” Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn (Socialist Workers’ Party) told German daily Die Welt. Hungary must be placed under “a strict political quarantine”. He also demanded that the Hungarian government no longer have a place at the table of the European institutions.

    The Luxembourg chief diplomat added: A government that is no longer controlled indefinitely by any parliament should “not have a say in decisions in the individual Councils of Ministers that ultimately affect all people in Europe”.

    The Hungarian Parliament has approved a law that will allow Prime Minister Viktor Orban (Fidesz) to rule largely by decree. Orban can thus extend the state of emergency declared on March 11 due to the Corona crisis without parliamentary approval.

    EU Parliament President David Sassoli (Partito Democratico) criticized Orban in a statement to the AFP news agency: “Nobody should use this pandemic to undermine our freedoms.”

    German MEP Dennis Radtke (CDU) called for the final exclusion of the Fidesz party from the European People’s Party (EPP). When it comes to democracy and the rule of law, there should be “no discount for party friends”. The EPP suspended Fidesz’s membership in the EPP about a year ago. So far, however, there has been no final decision.

    Austria’s Vice Chancellor described Hungary as a “semi-dictatorship”. Werner Kogler (Greens) demanded that the EU should no longer send money to Hungary. The developments there are “unacceptable”. Such a “semi-dictatorship receiving Union funds from other democratic states” was out of the question.

    EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) called on the member states to be proportionate. “The European Commission will closely monitor the application of emergency measures in all Member States in a spirit of cooperation,” announced von der Leyen.

    She called for compliance with press and freedom of expression. “Now it is more important than ever that journalists can do their work freely and precisely.”

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      There is an information war going on with regard to this issue. A bit of research, however, indicates that the measures to deal with the COVID-19 threat to Hungary are legal and constitutional, and represent no permanent increase in the powers of the executive. Certainly the freedom of speech and the press enjoyed by Hungarians are not endangered by such emergeny measures, which are temporary. It is just as important to consider what the Hungarian government has been saying and doing, and not listen exclusively to its critics, many of whom have a considerable bias against Orban and his Fidesz Party.

      Many if not most of those who have followed this issue over the past decades would likely agree that Hungary has lots of enemies who are angry that it is watching out for its national sovereignty and independence, and pushing back at the EU and other globalists. And the EU, and within it the Brussels-Berlin axis, is a major adversary of thecurrent Hungarian government. Orban is a particular target for the opprobrium of the EU and the international leftist-globalist combine in general. It hates him for his pushback against the EU agenda of open borders and mass migration.

      It should be noted that one of Orban’s major detractors is a certain leftist-globalist godfather of Hungarian origin who funds a range of NGOs and other groups to advance his agenda, including mass migration and open borders. We might look at the money trail from his pockets to high-level bureaucrats and judges working in Brussels and Luxembourg. Many have been shown to be under his influence.

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