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05-21-2013, 12:41 AM
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Hungary's Prime Minister Orban: "The Germans have ever sent the cavalry"

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán operates the shift to the right of his country, relies on nationalism and aggressive tones. In a radio broadcast he has now compared the policies of Chancellor Merkel against Hungary with the arranged Hitler's occupation in 1944. The opposition is horrified.

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán like it rhetorically like rugged and powerful. The binding values ​​of all nationalist Hungarians are "Blood and homeland," he announced in a speech last year. Recently he calls Hungary to the Christian bulwark against a "secular, internationalist, family-hostile Europe". Last Friday, now he compared the policies of Chancellor Angela Merkel against Hungary with the arranged by Hitler occupation of land ("Operation Margarethe") by German troops in March 1944.

The Nazi comparison fell into Orbán's weekly radio show "180 minutes" in public broadcasting Kossuth Rádió, every Friday, in which he comments on political, economic and social issues. Theme of the show this week were also statements by Angela Merkel to Hungary on the day before the WDR Europa Forum.
The Chancellor had criticized the democratic and constitutional deficits in Hungary and literally said. "We will do everything to bring Hungary on the right track, but not the same send the cavalry" Merkel had been associated with the sentence to a statement of the Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück, who had previously held a forum on the same EU-Hungary for possible exclusion. At the same time Merkel's "cavalry" formulation was a reference to an earlier Steinbrueck saying the tax dispute with Switzerland.

"The Germans have already sent a cavalry"

Viktor Orban responded to his radio show on Friday visibly annoyed at Merkel's remarks - even though they had explicitly advocated a moderate policy with Hungary. "The Germans have already sent a cavalry, in the form of tanks," Orban said. "Our request would be not to send it again. Even then it was not a good idea, and it did not work."

Hungarian opposition politicians were horrified to Orbán's statement. The Socialist politician, former Foreign Minister and former EU Commissioner László Kovács said in the television broadcaster ATV from a "boorish joke" and pointed out that Angela Merkel has just it advocates not to answer the Hungarian government policy equal to the sharpest way. To SPIEGEL ONLINE, neither the Office of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban's still the Budapest State Department would not comment statements.

The political scientist Attila Tibor Nagy from Budapest Méltányosság Institute called Orbán's Nazi comparison as "very offensive, undiplomatic and disproportionate". "The statement is in line with the Hungarian Orban's interest defense," Nagy said. "Unfortunately, they will not serve to improve the German-Hungarian relations, but also strengthen critical voices against Orbán in the CDU / CSU on. Orbán's statement also shows that it is part of his personality, very open to resolve conflicts."

Turn right under Orbán

The latter is a polite euphemism for the preference of the Hungarian government to swing the rhetorical cudgel. Even as a young, alternative-then still radically liberal politician Orbán was known by startling statements. On 16 June 1989, he called on a mass rally to re-burial of the martyrs of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, the withdrawal of Russian troops from Hungary and made it Europe's attention to himself.

From the mid-nineties, Viktor Orbán's party ordered a hard turn to the right. Since then, his party and dominated the rhetoric of nationalism and of increasing Ungarozentrismus. After his first reign 1998-2002 Orban commented on his election defeat in the spring of 2002 with the words: "The home may not be in opposition." Socialists and liberals apply to him and his party as "traitors" and "foreign-hearted".

Since two-thirds election victory of Fidesz and Orban in April 2010, it was rhetorically once more outside right direction. Reason is the competition between Orbán and Fidesz and the extreme right-wing opposition party Jobbik, which 17 percent of the vote in the 2010 elections.

"The German companies do not come with tanks, but with cars"

Although the Hungarian prime minister after matching his critics view also is not anti-Semitic, he and many prominent Fidesz politicians always use anti-Semitic sentiments.

Orbán regularly railed against the "international capital" or doing political criticism of Hungary from the fact that it is only a "tool of international corporations" to enforce their economic interests in Hungary. "In Hungary, anti-Semitism is never alone, but is always associated with anti-capitalism," the historian KrisztiĂĄn Ungváry rated this wording.
In his radio program last Friday drew back against Orbán "Western companies" to war. Reports on the rule of law and democratic shortcomings in Hungary were "just a distraction, because our economic policies affect the interests of the big Western companies," Orban said.

The left-liberal daily "Népszabadság" satirized the head of government after his Friday interview on the radio. "The German companies do not come on horseback and not with tanks, but with cars," the paper wrote, pointing out that German car makers have invested nearly 21 billion euros in Hungary since 1990.

05-22-2013, 07:25 PM