Hungary Seeks Regional Alliance to Defend from US

Hungary Parliament Speaker says US undermines European governments. East-Central European states affected by this should stand together
 

  • "...there is not a square centimeter of area that falls outside of their interests."
  • "...apart from them no other country can have sovereignty."
  • "...we are moving like a pawn that does not what to play by the Americans’ rules."
  • "We need to find allies elsewhere."
  • "Petty, selfish people not suitable for the political arena are twisting the fate of countries and peoples from North Africa to the Middle East and Europe"
Tue, Dec 30, 2015
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"It is hopeless, to make diplomatic efforts [towards US]"

For more on the Hungarian situation see here and here.

The article below is a very recent interview with Hungary Parliament Speaker - the third highest dignitary in the country - Laszlo Köver.

We've said before Hungary government statements are still tame. They aren't any longer.

Köver goes all out here. There are Iranian politicians who aren't this anti-American.

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Being candid he does much to reveal the position Hungary government believes itself to be in:

  • Hungary government has defended Hungarian sovereignty.
  • This has caused it to become target of US regime change ambitions.
  • It would be pointless to try to get back in US good graces.
  • Instead Hungary should ally Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic and other countries in the region in similar position.
  • It should continue to pursue good relations with Germany - perhaps in hope Germany will mediate between Washington and Budapest.

This is an abridged version of an article that originally appeared in Magyar Hirlap. It was translated by Richard Field at The Budapest Beacon


Pressure from the United States is increasing, while the European Union appears to be restrained and is not attacking us. How do you interpret these events?

The recent pronouncements of American deputy foreign secretary Sarah Sewall are very revealing.

She has spoken openly and stridently about how the United States, interpreted quite broadly and specifically, is devoting millions of dollars in the interest of national security to executing various action plans in two dozen Eastern-European countries.

Part of these are certainly EU member states, and the rest may be aspiring member states, although Sewall only mentioned the Czech Republic and us by name. 

So far it appears that we are not the only ones to “put bad wood on the fire” but presumably Slovakia as well, but we cannot rule out the results of the Romanian presidential election playing a role in this.

From this we can deduce a self definition of power that from the national security point of view there is not a square centimeter of area that falls outside of their interests.

From this it also follows that apart from them no other country can have sovereignty.

The recent events cannot be distinguished from when they monitored the conversations of the leading politician of the Western European alliance, Angela Merkel.

It is a logical assumption that among the United States’ allies, the field of activities that can be qualified as unconventional affect not only Hungary but all of Europe.

They boasted that they “invested” millions of dollars in changes in Ukraine.

We have to look at the problems of the free trade and investment agreement between the Union and America as well. 

In this way it is apparent that a world political power struggle is under way, whose stake is not only the fate of Hungary but all of Europe, but the chance of European nation-state sovereignty and true democracy.

What can we do in this situation? Can we do anything at all?

We can shake off the moral burden of believing the solution is in our hands.

It is completely unnecessary, because it is hopeless, to make diplomatic efforts in the interest of proving to the Americans – to transpose the old communist phraseology to suit our situation today—we are not revisionist deviationists, and it is not necessary to send troops in the spirit of the Brezhnev doctrine to regulate us

We are not what is at stake. On the chess table we have only been assigned the role of pawn. But we are moving like a pawn that does not what to play by the Americans’ rules.

We were never too good at diplomacy. We needn’t work on making the Americans love us now either. We need to find allies elsewhere.

Those with whom “we row in the same boat”, even on the lower decks. They are the Eastern and Central European countries. Resolving the Hungarian question in Slovakia and Romania should not be the policy of the first order. 

We may consider whether they share with us the most important challenges—economic and social problems. Having won membership (in the EU) is it not our mutual goal to emancipate ourselves within the framework of the European Union? 

Hungarian diplomacy must concentrate on this and a strategic cooperation with Germany.

Do the Americans represent the logic of war?

It seems totally irrational logic is starting to run the world.

Petty, selfish people not suitable for the political arena are twisting the fate of countries and peoples from North Africa to the Central-East back to Europe, according to what appears to be a long-term strategy, but is really only according to momentary interests.

We had some peaceful years when it was possible to believe that a unipolar world system had emerged.

But now we see that this is not the case, and that the United States must still fight the emerging, formerly third world powers, and new rivals and Russia. They do not want to be subordinate, and neither does Europe. So the Pax Americana has not come to pass. The current conflicts arise from this.

In the same way the Americans pushed aside at the time of the Iraq war their allies, NATO, and placed in brackets both international law and human rights, which they used by the way as a political club.

But what is their goal?

It seems that they will not be satisfied with another government taking the place of the current one, but are thinking in terms of changing the entire elite of the governing party and the opposition.

Until its disappearance SZDSZ was the party that served the policies of the United States and was their advocate in Hungary. When they fell, the Americans tried to bring (upstart liberal party “Politics Can Be Different”) LMP to life. 

Have you seen such potential politicians from which it is possible to create the next elite?

Perhaps they want to draw them from the wage strikes of doubtful means of support in their USSR pullovers, Lenin hats and promoting the liberalization of drugs. [...]

What do you expect of 2015?

[…] Meanwhile we must not loose sight of our long-term goals either, since every government step is such a means for regaining the sovereignty of the Hungarian state.

All of our energy should be devoted to preserving the life of the nation, so that in the decades to come the Hungarian community can protect belief, hope and self-identity.

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