25 noiembrie 2014

Hungary’s Viktor Orban: Washington’s New Enemy Image

În locul lui Orbán n-aş mai tărăgăna mult treaba şi aş scoate Ungaria din UE, securizând astfel "frontul principal".

Voltaire Network:

The refusal of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to join the new US and EU Cold War against Russia, notably by agreeing to build the South Stream gas pipeline, in addition to the stinging policies adopted against the foreign owned banks and energy companies, has set off alarm bells in Western capitals. According to William Engdahl, the question which now has to be asked is: will Hungary be the next country to be the target of a US/EU sponsored regime change?

   Hungary and its populist nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban have come into the cross-hairs of Washington’s political elites. His sin? Not buckling under to the often destructive diktats of the Brussels EU Commission; attempting to define a Hungarian national identity. But his cardinal sin is his deepening relationship with Russia and his defiance of Washington in signing an agreement with Gazprom for bringing the Russian South Stream gas pipeline into the EU via Hungary.

   Orban has himself undergone a political journey since he was elected as Hungary’s second-youngest Prime Ministers in 1998. Back then he oversaw the entry of Hungary along with Poland and the Czech Republic into NATO over Russia’s protest, and into the EU. As Prime Minister during far more prosperous economic times in the EU, Orban cut taxes, abolished university tuition for qualified students, expanded maternity benefits, and attracted German industry with low-cost Hungarian labor. One of his American “advisers” then was James Denton, linked with the Color Revolution Washington NGO, Freedom House. Orban seemed the darling of Washington’s neo-cons. In 2001 he was given the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute’s Freedom Award. [1]

    But in 2010 after six years in the opposition, Orban returned, this time with a resounding majority for his Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Union Party, Fidesz for short. In fact Fidesz won a 68% supermajority in Parliament, giving it the necessary votes to alter the Constitution and pass new laws, which it did. Ironically, in a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the United States Obama Administration and the European Parliament for placing too much power in the hands of Fidesz. Orban was accused by Daniel Cohn-Bendit of the European Greens of making Hungary on the model of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. [2] He was definitely not playing by the approved Brussels Rulebook for politically submissive EU politicians. Fidesz began to be demonized in EU media as the Hungarian version of United Russia and Orban as the Hungarian Putin. That was in 2012.

    Now it’s getting alarming for the Atlanticists and their EU followers. Orban has defied EU demands to stop construction of Russia’s important South Stream gas pipeline.

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Russia’s South Stream pipeline project to ship natural gas to Europe via the Black Sea.
    Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline would guarantee EU gas together with German-Russian Nord Stream that could bypass the war in Ukraine, something Washington bitterly opposes for obvious reasons

    Last January Orban’s government announced a € 10 billion. deal with the Russian state nuclear energy company to refurbish Hungary’s only nuclear power plant at Paks, originally built during the Soviet era with Russian technology. [3]

    That caused some attention in Washington. Similarly when Orban criticized the United States this past summer for failing to ultimately resolve the global financial crisis its banks and its lax regulation caused, and praised China, Turkey and Russia as better models. He declared in words not too different from what I have often used that Western democracies, “will probably be incapable of maintaining their global competitiveness in the upcoming decades and will instead be scaled down unless they are capable of changing themselves significantly.” [4]

    In addition, Orban’s government managed to free Hungary from decades of devastating IMF bondage. In August 2013, the Hungarian Economic Ministry announced that it had, thanks to a “disciplined budget policy,” repaid the remaining €2.2 billion owed to the IMF. No more onerous IMF-forced state privatizations or conditionalities. The head of the Hungarian Central Bank then demanded the IMF close its offices in Budapest. In addition, echoing Iceland, the State Attorney General brought charges against the country’s three previous prime ministers because of the criminal amount of debt into which they plunged the nation. That’s a precedent that surely causes cold sweat in some capitals of the EU or Washington and Wall Street. [5]

    But the real alarm bells rang when Orban and his Fidesz party approved a go-ahead, together with neighboring Austria, of the South Stream Russian pipeline, ignoring EU claims it violated EU rules. Orben proclaimed at a meeting with Germany’s Horst Seehofer in Munich on November 6, “Es lebe die österreichisch-ungarische Energiemonarchie” (Long live the Austro-Hungarian Energy monarchy.) [6]

    The US elites sounded the alarm immediately. The ultra-establishment New York Times ran a lead editorial, “Hungary’s Dangerous Slide.” They declared, “The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary is sliding toward authoritarianism and defying the fundamental values of the European Union — and getting away with it.”

    The Times revealed the real cause of Washington and Wall Street alarm: “Hungary’s most recent expression of contempt for the European Union is its passage of a law on Monday that clears the way for Russia’s South Stream natural gas pipeline to traverse Hungary. The new law is in clear violation of the European Parliament’s call in September for member states to cancel South Stream, and of the economic sanctions against Russia imposed by the European Union and the United States after Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Instead of issuing tepid expressions of concern over antidemocratic policies, the European Union should be moving to sanction Hungary. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, should exercise his power to force Mr. Navracsics to resign.” [7] Tibor Navracsics, has just been named the new European Commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, a post in Brussels that has arguably little to do with gas pipelines.

    Next we can expect the National Endowment for Democracy and the usual US Government-backed NGO’s to find an excuse to launch mass opposition protests against Fidesz and Orban for his unforgivable crime of trying to make Hungary’s energy independent of the US-created insanity in Ukraine.

Source Near Eastern Outlook
[1] "Orbán Address at Receiving Freedom Award", American Enterprise Institute, May 1, 2001.
[2] "Hongrie: Daniel Cohn-Bendit compare Viktor Orban à Chavez et Castro", RTBF.be, 18 January 2011.
[3] "Strange Bedfellows: Hungary Leans Toward Russia", by Brent Ranalli, The Globalist, March 10, 2014.
[4] "Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Speech at the 25th Bálványos Summer Free University and Student Camp", Website of the Hungarian Government, July 30, 2014.
[5] "Hungary Sheds Bankers’ Shackles", by Ronald L. Ray, AFP, August 23, 2013.
[6] "Seehofer receives controversial Hungarian State Chief", Britan Today, November 6, 2014.
[7] Hungary’s Dangerous Slide, by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, November 5, 2014.

Un comentariu :

Riddick spunea...

HUNGARY EXCLUSIVE BREAKING……Is the EC/US axis about to try and destabilise the dissenting Government of Viktor Orban?


Citate din gândirea profundă a europeiştilor RO

László Tőkés, 2012 (la congresul PPE de la Bucureşti): "Consider că toată problematica minoritară, a regiunilor dezavantajate, locuite de minoritari ar trebui să fie cuprinsă în politica de coeziune a Europei unite şi prin aceasta să se încerce depăşirea crizei generale a Europei unite. Între cauzele crizei se numără şi moştenirea comunistă, care ne frământă şi astăzi. Noi considerăm că problema regiunilor este o problemă genuină europeană şi, totodată, una specifică românească. România supercentralizată nu va reuşi să iasă din criză, dacă nu se va face descentralizarea şi regionalizarea ţării. Partidul Popular Maghiar din Transilvania propune un astfel de program de descentralizare, de regionalizare, care va conduce la un sistem de federalism în România."

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