Hungarian Watch

NY Times: Hungarian Leader Takes On Foreign Critics

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

A great article in The New York Times. Prime Minister Viktor Orban faces new accusations that he is undermining the press and victimizing Western European companies.  After admitting that Hungary was off to “a bad start” as holder of the European Union Presidency, he came out fighting.

Our favorite quote of his from a press conference earlier today (Thursday):

“From 1998 to 2002, the Western press said I was reminiscent of Hitler and Il Duce,” he said. “Now they compare me with Putin and the Belarussian president. I will leave up to you to decide if it is progress or not.”

If nothing else, the man is colorful.

Hungarian Leader Takes on Foreign Critics by Stephen Castle in The New York Times, January 6, 2011

Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a press conference on 1/6/11, speaking from a lectern that reads: "Strong Europe." Hmmm...

  1. At the same conference, Orban said that Hungary is willing to change the media law if it is found to be out of line with EU law. For more info, read this article in Variety:

    What do you make of this?

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