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35 minutes ago, lucklucky said:

Because it singled only Hungary and Poland for authoritarian tendencies when it is going in, in in all  "Western" world.

But it is only authoritarianism when Hungarians and Poles, or more exactly their current governments, do it. Same things in other Western countries are examples of our very Democratic with Rule of Law Western Civilization.

So, no, no French riot police beating French Yellow Vests here, nor New Mexico governor suppressing 2nd. Ammendment either, etc.

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2 hours ago, lucklucky said:

Because it singled only Hungary and Poland for authoritarian tendencies when it is going in, in in all  "Western" world.

If you go back to the first post, the thread starter singled out Hungary and Poland with the expressive suggestion that all the talk about authoritarianism there is leftist lies. Of course within three posts, bojan told everyone authoritatively that it's real, with some interesting subsequent deconstruction of Orban's system in particular. Since expectations of hearing that it's all lies weren't met, whataboutisms about other countries started right on page one.

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39 minutes ago, BansheeOne said:

If you go back to the first post, the thread starter singled out Hungary and Poland with the expressive suggestion that all the talk about authoritarianism there is leftist lies. Of course within three posts, bojan told everyone authoritatively that it's real, with some interesting subsequent deconstruction of Orban's system in particular. Since expectations of hearing that it's all lies weren't met, whataboutisms about other countries started right on page one.

The most amusing sign of Hungarian democracy is that the Hungarian Parlament might not accept Sweden into NATO due to the Swedish government's inability to suppress critical comments about the lack of Hungarian democracy in the free press.

 

"All pigs are equal but Hungarian pigs are more equal"

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/hungary-parliament-speaker-flags-possible-further-delay-swedish-nato-2023-09-18/

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18 minutes ago, Roman Alymov said:

For sure it is much better to be dependent on transit via Poland :) 

That's up to Hungary to decide, Czechs and Slovaks are apparently interested - and from there it's just a short way really, a matter of some interconnectors most likely. That'll give Budapest an option which they may or may not use, maybe now, maybe a few years down the road? 

The goal is obvious - less Russian resources in Europe. Few billion cubic meters here, few billion cubic meters there and suddenly we're talking about serious money.

 

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Not exactly an issue of authoritarianism, but Hungarian politics anyway:

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Hungarian president resigns amid pedophilia pardon scandal

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Hungary's first woman president, Katalin Novak, has announced her resignation in the face of public protests. Her pardoning a man who helped cover up a sex abuse case in a children's home prompted the pressure.

Hungary's President Katalin Novak announced on national television on Saturday that she was resigning, as she faced mounting pressure for issuing a presidential pardon to a man convicted as an accomplice for helping to cover up a sex abuse case at a children's home. 

"I made a mistake," Novak said. "Today is the last day that I address you as a president." 

Novak, 46, is a close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and a member of his party, Fidesz. She returned from an official visit to Qatar at short notice to make the announcement. 

Why was the president under pressure? 

She had faced intense criticism from some members of the public and opposition parties since the news of the presidential pardon became public knowledge on February 2.

Independent news site 444 revealed that one of the pardons had been granted to the former deputy director of a children's home who had helped his boss cover up sexually abusing children and adolescents there. The news outlet also spoke with the pardoned man, who said he had not directly requested clemency but said it was too soon for him to answer further questions.

The pardons were issued last April to around two dozen people, on the eve of a visit to Hungary by Pope Francis.

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https://www.dw.com/en/hungarian-president-resigns-amid-pedophilia-pardon-scandal/a-68223392

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1 hour ago, lucklucky said:

I would say that is a demonstration of non authoritarianism.

We now live in a world where doing the right thing is white privilege, which is a cornerstone ingredient for authoritarianism, ipso facto you're wrong.

IOW, Kafka was an optimist.

 

 

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Harsh, but the facts check out.

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Ian Williams

Hungary has become China’s useful idiot

22 February 2024, 1:53pm

This week a security deal was announced that could see Chinese police on the streets of Hungary. Despite this, there was remarkably little fanfare about the agreement – just a few vague details in public statements made days after the deal was signed between the interior ministers of the two countries. Yet is represents another troubling challenge by Hungary’s authoritarian leader Viktor Orban to both Nato and the EU, of which he remains an increasingly troublesome member.

The security pact will involve ‘enhancing cooperation in law enforcement and joint patrols,’ according to the Hungarian statement, while the Chinese version said the two countries would, ‘deepen cooperation in areas including counter-terrorism, combating transnational crimes, security and law enforcement capacity building.’ It appears to be modelled on an arrangement with Serbia (which is not in the EU), where Chinese police jointly patrol areas popular with Chinese businesses or tourists.

Hungary was the first EU country to join China’s troubled Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an umbrella programme for Chinese infrastructure investment overseas, and more generally for extending its influence. Budapest has vigorously courted Chinese cash – even as Brussels has grown increasingly wary, urging members to ‘de-risk’ their relationship with Beijing. The country is home to Huawei’s biggest logistical base outside China, and CATL, a giant Chinese battery maker, plans to build a $7.7 billion plant near Debrecen, the country’s second largest city.

BYD, an electric car maker, has also announced plans to build an assembly plant in Hungary, even as the EU is investigating Beijing’s vast government subsidies to EV makers, which it suspects of dumping their vast excess capacity overseas at below cost.

These investments have not been uncontested in Hungary – which may explain the relatively low-key announcement of the security pact. There have been protests in Debrecen against the battery plant, sparked by concern over pollution and the pressure on local water resources. There were also protests in Budapest against plans to build a campus of Shanghai’s Fudan university at a cost of $1.8 billion, which now appears to have been shelved. Concerns were raised about academic freedom and the loss of land earmarked for student accommodation. The mayor of Budapest renamed several local roads, creating ‘Uyghur Martyrs Street’, ‘Dalai Lama Street’ and ‘Free Hong Kong Street’. Opposition politicians have also criticised another Chinese project, a multi-billion railway linking Budapest and Belgrade, claiming that it is overpriced and riddled with cronyism in the awarding of contracts. Though few of these controversies get wide coverage in the Hungarian media, which is tightly controlled by Orban.

It has long been Chinese Communist party policy to drive a wedge between Europe and America, and in a narrow sense its investment in Hungary has paid dividends, since Orban has faithfully blocked the EU from issuing communiques criticising human rights abuses in China and been a drag more broadly on security-related affairs, such as the expansion of Nato and support for Ukraine, which also serve Beijing’s wider security interests.  

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https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/hungary-has-become-chinas-useful-idiot/

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On 3/2/2024 at 12:49 PM, BansheeOne said:

Thats again a proof of Orbán's hipocrisy. He constantly babbles in the state propaganda about "protecting Hungary's sovereignity and freedom" while in practice he sells his own country to multinational corporations, only to enrich himself and his cronies. He is probably one of the worst traitors in the history of this country after the communists, and would deserve to be executed for this.

Unfortunately, this deal with the CCP makes lots of sense for him. There is a growing opposition against his policy of turning the country to a car battery manufacturing wasteland, more and more protests are erupting. Not long ago, main focus was inviting german car manufacturing plans. This was already bad, since these firms are interested in the exploitation of workers, and greatly affected to liberalize the labor rights of the country (via corruption) to enforce this. People more or less tolerated this. Chinese firms are also work like this, but they are far worse actually. Their priority is not just simple exploitation, but to introduce sweat shops to hungary. Also, they do not care at all for environment. Factories do not only take our land, but also poison the air and water supply too. More and more people realize this, and the number of mass protests are growing against battery plants. Chinese security forces would be vital for Orbán to protect the battery plants, and also to oppress the protesters. And also to ensure his victory in the elections in 2026... :( 

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Doesn't the 'based defender of white christian Europe' also allow a shitload of non-European worker migrants into Hungary?

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3 hours ago, urbanoid said:

Doesn't the 'based defender of white christian Europe' also allow a shitload of non-European worker migrants into Hungary?

Oh yes, me stupid. I forgot the most important thing. Yes, it is true. It is basically just another form of the "great replacement". Hungarians, and other nationalities living in here, including even gypsies, are being replaced en masse at most multinational firms. My workplace also does this, about 50-60% of the workers are already replaced by Filipinos, whose performance at work is significantly lower than hungarians, but the firm doesnt care, because they get massive financial support from the regime, just to employ these migrants. Of course the official state propaganda says that "we have the most strict laws in europe concerning migrant workers" but these laws are extremely easy to bypass. For example, the law says that a firm can only employ migrants if they cant find any hungarians for the job. Actually, the firm simply say that they didnt find any hungarian employees, the law doesnt require to prove it. Sometimes they doesnt even advertise the jobs here. In the case of the massive CATL factory in Debrecen, they already began to build the aparment complexes for migrant workers, and there were quite a few job advertisements, of course not for hungarians. Last year there were massive protests against the factory. Locals were trying to organize a referendum against it several times, but the local government (filled with Orbán's cronies) didnt allow it. There were concerns about the significant environmental impact, but the government didnt even care for the opinion of experts and investigators. Also, the case with the site of the factory was again quite outrageous. It occupies a massive area near Debrecen, exactly where the absolutely best quality farmlads were. The regime simply expropriated the land, paying a pitiful amount of money to the farmers, who couldnt do anything because the law allows this. 

 

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