Hungarian foreign policy has been steadily eroding during Viktor Orbán's premiership. Politics and government are characterized by political cleansing and cronyism. It is clear that the confrontational nature of our foreign policy was not received well at all and; it has turned out to be a spectacular own-goal. Trying to somehow divert attention from this failure, some ambassadors close to the prime minister took up the habit of publishing letters, in which they heap praise on the government. By the looks of things there are some aspects to Hungarian diplomacy that even Belorussia cannot compete with.
Of course the majority of these letters are rightly regarded by major newspapers what they really are: a pack of lies. One more sad aspect to this saga is the situation of the staff at the Foreign Ministry who, despite unfavorable foreign criticisms, is doing a great job. Our EU presidency was a failure, too. Instead of a strong Europe that the PM promised, he chose to fight for his freedom. The result of this policy is political isolation in Europe, and growing nationalist tendencies at home. He also managed to pit Hungarians against each other. There is one issue though, for which the government deserves recognition. This is the issue of energy. Apparently, the government has realized that energy diversification cannot be used for the purposes of political football. As for János Martonyi, his role will be to explain away the unexplainable. To sum it up: our foreign policy hopes are bleak, and there is a clear lack of vision.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2012 23:12