Post Tagged with: "Foreign Policy"

Senator Sessions and Donald Trump

Orbán is misreading Trump – he might be in for a big surprise

In September Hungary’s Ambassador to Washington Réka Szemerkényi met Senator Jeff Sessions, a Trump confidant, to express Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s admiration and support for Mr. Trump. This summer Mr. Orbán was the first EU’s Prime Minister to endorse Trump. Later when the billionaire’s poll numbers dived, Mr. Orbán’s press chief denied the endorsement, displaying his usual flip-flopping. Now […]

by · November 10, 2016 · Politics
Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó, standing in front of the banner of the Hungarian National Trading House.

Controversial Hungarian National Trading House to open office in Canada

The Hungarian National Trading House, affiliated with Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been amassing significant financial losses and is mired in corruption allegations, yet it is now expanding to Canada. The MNKH Hungarian National Trading House Cls. published public procurement and bidding documentation online for parties interested in the “creation, operation and management of a Trading House […]

by · September 19, 2016 · Focus
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. Photo: MTI / György Varga

Hungary’s foreign minister furious after demand for country’s expulsion from European Union

Hungary’s Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, was visiting Moldova Tuesday morning, when he commented on statements made by Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn, who suggested that Hungary should be expelled or at least suspended from the European Union, for its rule of law violations and the poor treatment of refugees and migrants. Interestingly, Mr. Szijjártó used a line of attack just […]

by · September 13, 2016 · Politics
Alexandra Dobolyi

Two more opposition politicians accept positions from Hungary’s Fidesz

A growing number of left-centre opposition politicians in Hungary are wrapping up their careers as advocates of parliamentary democracy and constitutionalism and are instead accepting positions from the government that they have long argued is an authoritarian, illiberal regime. The Orbán government has named Alexandra Dobolyi of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) Ambassador to Moldova. Minister of Foreign Affairs and […]

by · August 27, 2016 · Politics
Mr. István Simicskó, Hungarian Defense Minister greets US NATO soldiers at Pápa Air Base with US Ambassador Ms. Colleen Bell.

Hungary’s doubletalk: Simicskó welcomes NATO troops, Szijjártó would send them home

Over the last couple of weeks United States F-16 fighter planes and several hundred US National Guard Airmen have been deployed at the Pápa airbase in Hungary in conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve, the largest and most complicated air integration mission in the region since the end of the Balkan operations. (Read more about it here.) The US Department of […]

by · August 5, 2016 · Politics
Austrian Chancellor Kern with Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán, in Budapest.

Viktor Orbán: Hillary Clinton’s party represents death for Hungary

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán did not mince his words on Tuesday in Budapest, at a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern. On the same day that Hillary Clinton formally became the presidential nominee of the U.S. Democratic Party, the Hungarian Prime Minister declared the following: “Republican foreign policy is good for Europe and represents life for Hungary. In contrast, the Democratic Party’s […]

by · July 27, 2016 · Politics
Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs, speaking on Saturday in connection to the failed coup in Turkey.

Hungary seeks deeper ties with Erdogan after failed coup in Turkey

Authoritarian Turkish President Recep Erdoğan could have hardly asked for a better coup. Apparently launched by a faction within the military at night (an odd time to launch a putsch in a country where these have, in the past, usually happened in the morning and involved the arrest of political leaders), the coup was put down within about five hours; […]

by · July 16, 2016 · East
NATO and the genuine alarm about the Russian security threat

NATO and the genuine alarm about the Russian security threat

Andrew Hammond, previously a special adviser to the British government and formerly a Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington DC, has published widely on foreign policy matters. He is currently affiliated with the London School of Economics. With permission, HFP is republishing Mr. Hammond’s most recent piece, which appeared this morning in […]

by · July 7, 2016 · Politics
Viktor Orbán speaking on Kossuth Rádió on Friday morning. Photo: MTI

George Soros becomes the Orbán regime’s boogeyman

What the highest ranking representatives of the Orbán government are doing by invoking the name of the 85 year old American-Hungarian billionaire philanthropist George Soros, as the secret source of all evil, is truly unbecoming of any EU member state and is an overall embarrassment. In an effort to distract public attention from the growing corruption scandals around the Central […]

by · May 21, 2016 · Politics
Hanna Tetteh, foreign minister of Ghana and Péter Szijjártó, foreign minister of Hungary.

Orbán: “The real threat is from the heart of Africa” — Maybe from Ghana?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán often gives hard-hitting speeches on the threat to Hungary posed by multiculturalism and immigration. At Tusványos in 2015 Orbán argued that African immigration was an existential threat to European nationhood and civilization. “Let us speak plainly: the intensification of modern-day mass migration is a consequence of political processes. The countries of North Africa once functioned […]

by · May 13, 2016 · Politics