“This policy is identified with Vladimir Putin”


2022-05-20 22:18:00

It is surprising how few of the more famous guests took the trouble to appear in person at the CPAC Hungary conference (the two-day Hungarian edition of the annual superconference of the American right), said Tom Theuns, assistant professor of European politics at the University of Leiden.

Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson’s good pre-announced attendance meant a pre-recorded 38-second recording. Former U.S. President Donald Trump performed in a better-performing surprise video – he managed to feature for 64 seconds. English Eurosceptic politician Nigel Farage also only made virtual calls, as did Congressman Mike Waltz, the only U.S. politician in office among the participants. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sends his lesser-known son, Eduardo, but he himself does not show up at the Whale in Budapest

– This suggests that, despite appearances, the international far right is not really dealing with Orbán’s Hungary. The fact that almost no major journalists were admitted to the event may have contributed to this, Tom Theuns stressed.

The leaders of the European far right did not make a pilgrimage to Budapest for the benefit of the CPAC. Instead of Marine Le Pen, who failed in the French presidential election, Jordan Bardella, who is nowhere near as well known, spoke. No one from Europe’s conservative mainstream was represented, just as active, influential politicians from the Central and Eastern European region did not enter the pulpit. The biggest name in our region was former Czech President Václav Klaus, a returning guest of Hungarian pro-government conferences. It is noteworthy that no one from the Polish ruling party has spoken out.

“Viktor Orbán’s isolation is shown by the fact that no major politician from Central and Eastern Europe has appeared,” said Benjamin Tallis, a researcher at the Hertie School in Berlin. – Although the Orbán regime wants to believe that the worldview it represents is rising, in fact the opposite is true. This policy is increasingly being identified in the region and around the world with Vladimir Putin and the Russian president’s attack on the right of peoples to democracy, freedom and self-determination, as in Ukraine.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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