Cui Bono?

Narrator met a friend of his who believed in conspiracy theories (though he does not have many friends, who do).

His friend told him: “The key question I ask when something happens is: cui bono or cui prodest? For example take the refugee crisis. At first glance it seems that they are driven by desperation because their lives have been destroyed by civil war and destruction. When you look closer you find out that they are the victims of profiteering by well-organized people smuggling gangs who ship thousands across the Mediterranean and make billions by it. Continue reading

How many meetings with prominent Jews make the fence go away?

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with two Jewish dignitaries, (Ronald S. Lauder, the President of the Jewish World Congress and Senior Rabbi Arthur Schneier,) plus the widow of congressman Tom Lantos, a well-known Hungarian holocaust survivor on his recent trip to the US on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). At the same time István Mikola, the State Secretary responsible among others for religious diplomacy, visited the Rebbe of Munkács (head of a small Hasidic sect originally from Munkács, today Mukachevo in Ukraine) at his home in Brooklyn. Continue reading

Give chaos a chance

The refugee crisis is the major humanitarian and political issue in all of the European Union, including Hungary, and it will probably remain so for quite some time. However, life goes on. The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, János Lázár has, for example, submitted to Parliament a Bill about the establishment of a new ministry: the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. Continue reading

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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By moving to the far right, did Orbán create space in the political centre for an adversary?

Hungary sealed its border with Serbia on 15 September. Since then refugees can only enter legally at two ”entry points”. If they force their entry by scaling the fence along the border, they commit a crime – based on a new Law in force also as of 15 September, and this automatically disqualifies them from receiving asylum. Continue reading

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

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. was kind enough to transcribe what he had to say about the Serbs. Continue reading

Serbians have no other choice but to swallow the bitter pill – but they do it with grace

When the decision to build a fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border was announced, we wrote: ‘According to the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szíjjártó, the Serbian government has not been informed yet, but on 1 July there will be a government summit (whatever that means) where the issue will be discussed in detail.’ And indeed, yesterday the Serbian Prime Minister met with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán, in Budapest.

We have looked at the releases of the two governments in order to guess what might have happened during the talks. Continue reading