Hugo Chavez….ooops…we mean Viktor Orban is having a pretty rough go at the EU Presidency – and it genuinely seems to be taking him by surprise.
Please read the whole article on Spiegel Online for a detailed account of what happened. Here’s a taste: just as Orban began speaking in what he had hoped would be his warm welcome as President of the EU:
- he was interrupted by the European Parliament president
- members of the European Parliament taped their mouths shut and held up signs crying out against Hungarian media censorship (see below)
- stunned, Orban said, “I feel at home.” Perhaps he had a hard childhood…
Hungary’s Orban Gets Frosty Reception in European Parliament by Christoph Schult on Spiegel Online, January 19, 2011.