The following is a translation of an article written by historian and editor Dániel Kacsoh, originally published on Mandiner.hu.
While Viktor Orbán says that Brussels is not Moscow, a fanatical German politician proudly announces that Hungary cannot receive any of the common EU funds.
German Green MEP Daniel Freund thought that 23 October was the right time to publish the report on Hungary by the EP’s so-called Supervisory Body. He is proud to have been involved in its preparation, which is a shared pleasure for all of us, as his involvement is a guarantee that the document cannot be taken seriously. Its content and conclusion are hardly surprising: Hungary, or as it is called in Brussels, a country of autocrats, does not deserve EU funds.
Nevertheless, the timing of this unsolicited verdict is rather surprising: while on 23 October Viktor Orbán confirmed in Veszprém, a city that proudly represents European culture and is, without exaggeration, an amazing city, that Brussels is not Moscow—even if its ambitions are quite familiar to us from the dark decades before the regime change—, a fanatical German politician says that Hungary, which had voluntarily opened its markets earlier, should not receive any of the common EU funds.
A proposal without a solid legal basis, aiming to deprive the population of a country of funding for purely political and ideological reasons, because of what the Centre considers to be a wrong decision by the people (i.e., an unprecedented number of votes for the Right last April)? Well, that sounds indeed familiar to us Hungarians.
However, as the Prime Minister put it,
while the Soviet Union was hopeless, the European Union is not yet.
Moscow was a tragedy; Brussels is a contemporary parody gone wrong. What is that if not a pro-EU position? In his speech on 23 October, Viktor Orbán also pointed out what the ‘welfare-struck’ West has achieved in recent decades. ‘From here, it appears as if freedom was some kind of escape for Westerners. Get rid of what you were born to be. At least change it. Outgrow your past like a childhood disease. Change gender, nation, and identity,’ the head of government said. According to him, we in Hungary wanted something different, to be who we wanted to be. ‘Freedom is arrival and finding the way home: acknowledging that one was born Hungarian and Christian!’, he stressed.
No uncertain terms. Meanwhile, Daniel Freund’s friends in Hungary are scattered, the Hungarian opposition still cannot find itself, and they still do not understand what makes the conservative side so successful in Hungary. They are still looking for reinforcements from abroad, from Brussels and Washington, while they want to creep up to power taking advantage of the crisis.
Instead of having their own concept and strategy, they are only left with surrogate activities, while Orbán continues to see right into the Hungarian people’s soul. He gives straight answers to global problems, whether it is the war between Russia and Ukraine or the terrorist attack on Israel. His focus is always on sovereignty, the defence of the community, and the interests of the nation.
The opposition right now is applauding the electoral victory of a globalist rainbow coalition in Poland, a result that is likely to weaken regional cooperation regardless of party affiliation. From now on, Warsaw will want to please Brussels and the Germans, instead of building a coalition to counter federalist ambitions.
Hungarian opposition politician András Schiffer is right to say that this is bad not only for Fidesz but for Hungary and the whole region, too. The pro-terrorist demonstrations and the uncontrolled flow of EU aid to the Palestinians also reinforce the image that Europe has lost its identity and cannot find its place in the world—in this sense, it is a little like the Hungarian opposition. For them, Daniel Freund and his ilk seem to be enough.
For us, freedom means something else.
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