Bannon, Gorka, Yiannopoulos and Hungary’s foreign policy

Hungary’s foreign policy is in chaos. Even the most ardent supporters of the Orbán Government frequently criticize Hungary’s 39-year-old foreign minister Péter Szijjártó. They question his wisdom, political acumen and diplomatic skill. Szijjártó started his tenure by firing most of the country’s seasoned diplomats and replacing them with loyalists with no previous diplomatic experience.

The foreign minister has also found strange new advisors, among them Breitbart News Network alumni: Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Milo Yiannopoulos. (Bannon was Chairman of Breitbart, Gorka and Yiannopoulos were his hires and trusted lieutenants.)

Sebastian Gorka and Milo Yiannopoulos (right) – friends from Breitbart.

A couple of weeks ago Bannon was the star guest in Zürich, Switzerland at the Die Weltwoche event. Bannon declared that Orbán is like Trump; the press doesn’t want to write about his successes. Orbán is “a real patriot and a real hero,” he said, “a man of principles.” Orbán is “the most significant guy on the scene right now and this is the main reason we like him,” he added. The New York Times has even speculated that Bannon will meet with Orbán in Europe. (Read more about Bannon’s comments here.)

Sebastian Gorka, Amb. Ms. Réka Szemerkényi and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó (right) singing the Hungarian National Anthem at the opening of the new embassy building in 2017 in Washington D.C.

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s fired counter terrorism advisor, is a friend of Szijjártó. British-born Gorka speaks Hungarian and lived in Budapest. The Hungarian Police had an outstanding warrant on him which stemmed from a 2016 incident of “firearm or ammunition” abuse. Recently his name has disappeared without explanation from the police site.

Gorka loves to pose with guns.

Gorka is a political commentator on Hungary’s state controlled media and also a frequent guest at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington. For decades he maintained relations with the Hungarian far-right and has friends in the government. Gorka with his wife Katharine have founded a small think tank in Washington D.C. called the Westminster Institute. To my surprise, Hungarian Ambassador to Washington, László Szabó recently gave an openly racist and xenophobe presentation there claiming that “Hungary is a Christian country and wants to stay that way.” (Watch here.)

Ambassador László Szabó’s presentation poster .

Now another Breitbart alumni, the far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been invited to speak by a group funded by the Hungarian government. Milo proudly announced his invitation from the Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society, a far-right group dedicated to protecting the country’s “educational and cultural goods.” (Click here.)

Fast talking Milo is entertaining but vastly overrated as a political thinker. He is a gay “shock jock” who had to resign from Breitbart News after his pedophilia comments. (Watch a typical Milo’s interview here.)

On January 3rd President Trump wrote about Bannon and Co.: “Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.” Trump added, “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

We fully agree with President Trump’s assessment.

György Lázár

16 Comments

  1. Child of survivors says:

    Ughhhh…, those women wearing the aprons and the flag on them …. how parasztok….and ugorka…..

  2. “Péter Szijjártó …. his wisdom, political acumen and diplomatic skill.”
    Ha, ha haaaa … oh! Ha, ha! Tnx Mr Lázár, you made my day.
    Let me returned the joke: Szijjártó has improved his performance- he doesn’t take all morning to tie his shoe.

    Add Gorka, Milo and Trump himself – what a bunch of clowns. And Trump had the gall to say some one (Bannon) has lost his mind … great fun, if it wasn’t real life.

  3. Bunch of diszno ollo parasztok ( dressed in clothes)…,

  4. ABNEGATING DOUBLE NEGATION: My enemy, even when my enemy’s enemy, does not become my friend, any more than a warmonger becomes a pacifist if misconferred a Nobel Peace Prize to appease the deplorables with whom the planet seems over-populated. Populism is not just regression on the mean, but, these days, regression on the meanest.

  5. Bendeguz79 says:

    Just wonder, what suppose to be the news in this.
    All are out of their jobs. All are of the past.

    As of Szijjarto,just what could be Hungary’s foreign policy, if there might be one?
    Hungary can not even get along on a minimum level with her closest neighbors.
    So it is actually zilch.

    Sorry, this piece is zilch as well.

  6. “Bunch of diszno ollo parasztok ( dressed in clothes)…,”

    And you censored me for using the label of “Marxist”? And sometimes you censored me for no reason at all, just simply because you did not find my arguments to be convenient.

    BTW: With Mr. Lazar now being the main contributor to the site, it is clearly starting to become an anti-Hungarian hate site, mostly promoting hatred against ethnic Hungarians and against Hungary. It may be him doing it, but it will be your legacy in the end, because you are running the site. You might want to take some time to think about where this is going. I know you have a fan base with certain ideological inclinations which this material does cater to, but there are also readers out there who might not bother to even comment, but will occasionally stumble upon this site and forever remember what it stands for like Mr. Lazar’s vicious attacks on ethnic Hungarian rights in Ukraine, or even here promoting the idea that Hungarians wishing to preserve Hungary’s distinct culture is “racist and xenophobe”. Could you imagine applying this same kind of hateful rhetoric against the Japanese, Koreans or Tibetans? If you cannot, then perhaps you should at the very least question whether this is what you want to stand for in regards to Hungarians.

    • Peter
      Imo this IS an anti (Hungarian) fascism site alright. It is promoting protest and sharp criticism of the current regime in Hu, which every patriot should resist and fight against.

      • Wow! For an “anti (Hungarian) fascism site”, this site sure censors with fascist zeal. I was just censored presumably for pointing out that I cannot use the “Marxist” label. Can’t see what ever else site censor could have possibly found to be wrong with my comment.

        Once again; pathetic!!!!

    • Reality Check says:

      You confuse Hungary/Hungarians with the Hungarian government. This site is critical of the later. Many of us, myself included, love Hungary/Hungarians, but despise the current regime. Keep in mind that more than half of the voting population didn’t vote for the current government. There are lot’s of Hungarians who don’t like them either.

      • Yes, I can see your reading comprehension skills are……

        As I pointed out, it is fine to oppose the current government. It is when you fail to differentiate between attacking Orban and attacking Hungarians that you cross the line. I already gave a clear example of how Mr. Lazar is doing just that! Everyone who is calling for the EU to sanction Hungary also fits that category for instance.

        BTW: Of topic, but Hungary’s latest growth figures came in pretty good once again.

        http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8897618/2-15052018-BP-EN.pdf/defecccc-f9d9-4636-b7f8-d401357aca46

        Third highest among EU countries that reported so far. Can you honestly say that it makes you happy? If you love Hungary, it should no matter who is in power.

      • Péter
        These “pretty good” GDP growth figures are in fact pretty poor: 4% growth while drawing 5-6% EU funds. And all trends/forecasts point down.
        Pathetic!

        • In other countries people are upset with the fact that their governments are unable to fully absorb those EU funds. Hungary does a good job of it, and somehow you turn that into a bad thing. Don’t forget that all its peers have EU funds available, yet Hungary’s growth has been outperforming peer average since 2013.

          And if you think that this is bad, what shall we make of the previous government’s record on growth? EU funds, a government and consumer debt bubble, and still they did not manage decent growth.

          So this is your solution? Delusion?

        • And talking of econ figures:
          Hungarian central government, in billions of forints, as of 2018.03.31.

          Liabilities: 35935 up 64.26% since 2010.03.31
          Gross debt: 27651 up 42.45% since 2010.03.31
          + Eximbank liabilities up 294% since 2009.12.31

          • Yes, but there is a reason why these figures are usually reported in relation to GDP, like debt/GDP and so on. Government debt/GDP is down from 83% in 2010 to about 73%. Compare that with 56% in 2002, to 83% by 2010.

            But of course, there are many people on this site who would prefer to see a Hungary that is sinking into economic catastrophe like it did before 2010. That is the Hungary that the likes of you yearn for.

  7. Bendeguz79 says:

    OBSERVER;

    You came very close to endorse anarchy.

    They just had an election for a new government.
    Yet not one out of the 23 parties and their candidates has presented even one single idea on how to improve governance.

    Those who do not want any change, has no right to complain now.

    • Bende
      WTF are u talking about? Total BS.
      You’d new better if u bothered at least to listen to the four opp parties, even without reading any of their programs.

      Restoring democracy, rule of law and curbing corruption were major points, weren’t they?

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