The Ministry of Complaints, Protest, Rejections and Summoning

The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued 51 press releases over the last two weeks. Of these releases 23 (45%) have been complaints, rejections, protests or other strongly worded statements. Continue reading

Not another Balkan war, please!

Croatia has banned all Serbs from entering its territory Thursday morning in retaliation for Serbs banning Croatian trucks from its territory in retaliation for Croatia shutting down all Serbian border crossings etc. A chain reaction of events that have one common root: the Hungarian border fence that has stopped refugees from entering Hungary and has left them stranded in Serbia. Continue reading

The unexpected refugee train from Croatia that was expected and assisted by Hungarian police

Index has published a video showing how the Croatian and Hungarian police peacefully cooperated in loading refugees from a Croatian train into a waiting Hungarian one. So much about “Major violation of intrntl law at the HUN/HR: train with over 1000 migrants with 40 armed HR policemen crosses the border without permission” as tweeted by government spokesman Zoltán Kovács. Hungarian police issued a statement saying that the Croatian policemen did not carry arms. So much about truthfulness.

It was sooo predictable

Hungary has closed its borders, and logically, the refugees are looking for alternative routes towards Germany via Croatia, Romania and then back into Hungary or through Slovenia. This has been all pretty predictable, including the erection of new fences and the closure of further border crossings in the region. We have no reason to be surprised since Mr Orbán announced well in advance that he was going to build a fence, no matter what.

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Túrós csusza – do You like it?

Prime minister Viktor Orbán briefed on Monday the heads of Hungary’s diplomatic missions about his government’s foreign policy priorities. As expected, he almost exclusively talked about the refugee crisis, in official wording the “migration situation”.

Referring to the example of France and Germany where sizeable Muslim minorities live, he said: Continue reading

Shame, shame

After several weeks of absence it is really hard to get back to the daily routine of blog writing. We have been trying for several days now. But the events, yes, we are talking about the refugee crisis, have overwhelmed us. We were gasping for air instead of grabbing a keyboard.

So let’s clarify where we stand on this:

In our view the way in which the Hungarian government handles the crisis is despicable. Continue reading

Mr. Orbán talks about the Serbian national character

This morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave one of his regular Friday morning radio interviews. While he mostly talked about the refugees and blamed the EU for encouraging Africans to come to wealthy Europe, he also talked about his meeting with the Serbian Prime Minister. 444.hu was kind enough to transcribe what he had to say about the Serbs. Continue reading

Refugee numbers explode following fence announcement

Getting hold of migration related figures has been really hard in January, when the Prime Minister discovered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre that immigration was an issue. Times have changed, and for quite some time the official website of Hungarian police, police.hu, displays the number of apprehended migrants in the last five days on its front page, with a link to the graph showing the figures for the last 30 days. Plus, there is the option to review 2015 data month by month. The customer friendly police satisfies the hunger for data of the masses. Continue reading

First day of the European Council Session – Did the bully succeed?

“Rambo Diplomats threaten Europe”, “EU to create new quarantine system for Mediterranean migrants” – headlines from German Süddeutsche Zeitung and British The Guardian preceding the June 25-26 two-day summit of heads of state or government of the European Union. Not quite the same. Süddeutsche Zeitung writes about Orbán, The Guardian got hold of the draft resolution of the summit and announced the results already a day ahead.

Lets check, did they get it right? Did Orbán-Rambo threaten Europe, and has the quarantine been agreed? Continue reading