The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative ideologues from the United States who praise its approach to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty – all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who Conservatives see not shelter but a worrying erosion of democratic institutions on many fronts.
Hungary’s top diplomat has a few things to say about this.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s world leaders meeting, Foreign Minister Peter Cizzarto said his country would not base on policies that led the EU to impose financial penalties and initiate legal proceedings against it. Of. On violation of the values of the block.
“We do not compromise on these issues because we are a sovereign nation, a sovereign nation. And nobody, even the European Commission, should blackmail us about these policies,” Sizzarto said.
Topping the list of controversial government policies: a controversial Hungarian law that the EU says violates the fundamental rights of LGBT people. This led the EU’s executive commission to delay billions in economic recovery funding earmarked for Hungary – a move Szijjarto called “a purely political decision” and “blackmail”. “
“We will not compromise on the future of our children,” Szijjarto told the AP.
The law, passed in June, makes it illegal for minors under the age of 18 to promote or portray sexual reparations or homosexuality in media content. It also contains provisions that provide for harsher punishments for pedophilia. Critics say it links pedophilia to homosexuality and stigmatizes sexual minorities.
The measures were vehemently rejected by most European leaders. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Root suggested that Hungary’s right-wing prime minister, Viktor Orbán, should pull his country out of the European Union if he is unwilling to adhere to its collective principles.
The conflict is only the latest in a protracted battle with the faction seen as a continuing attack on democratic standards in Hungary – alleged corruption, a consolidation of the media and increasing political control over state institutions and the judiciary.
Last year, the European Union adopted a regulation that linked the payment of money to compliance with the rules-and-law standards of its member states – a measure strongly opposed by the Hungarian government, which argued it was a way to punish those countries. was a means to break with the liberals. The consent of the countries of Western Europe.
EU concerns over Hungary’s deviating from democratic values have been unheard of by several prominent US conservatives, who have recently visited the country and praised Orban’s tough policies on immigration and breaches of EU rules. On Thursday, Hungary hosted former US Vice President Mike Pence at a conference in Budapest dedicated to family values and demographics, both issues that form a central pillar of Hungary’s conservative policy.
“One approach (for population decline) says that we should promote migratory flows towards Europe. This is an approach that we don’t like,” Cizzarto said.
In addition to strong opposition to immigration, the Hungarian government emphasizes resistance to traditional family values and the widespread acceptance of sexual minorities in Western countries. It also portrays itself as a beacon of “Christian democracy” and as a shield against emigration from Muslim-majority countries – positions it finds common cause with the former vice president.
“We know Vice President Pence is very committed to this issue … with a strong Christian background, that’s why we invited him,” Sizzarto said.
Despite Hungary’s position on immigration, it evacuated more than 400 Afghan citizens who assisted the Hungarian military in Afghanistan after that country’s government fell to the militant Taliban last month. But Szizarto said his country is “not going to take Afghans anymore,” and that no refugees will be allowed to cross Hungary’s southern border into the European Union.
“We will not allow anyone to come into Europe illegally,” he told the AP.
Pence’s visit to Hungary was only the latest in a series of anti-immigration right-wing Americans’ visits to Hungary, which its government increasingly portrays as a bastion of conservative values.
Tucker Carlson, the most popular host of the right-wing Fox News Channel, spent a week broadcasting from Budapest in August. While there, he admired Orban’s approach to immigration, family values, and national sovereignty. Carlson also took a helicopter tour to visit a fortified fence on the country’s southern border.
On Wednesday, the Hungarian state news agency reported that Budapest will host next year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, an annual gathering of mainly American conservative activists and politicians.
The Hungarian government, Szizarto, said, “American commentators are happy when they come to Hungary. We are happy because when they come, they will see the reality.”
“The United States press or media outlets usually characterize us as a dictatorship, as a place where it is bad to live, and they write all kinds of fake news about Hungary,” he said. “But when these commentators come, they can be faced. With reality.”
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