freelogoOur objective is to provide English speaking readers interested in Hungary with a well balanced view of political activities in Hungary by featuring contents from various printed and online sources together with our own commentaries. We are convinced that Hungary is built on all sorts of different ideas, thoughts and opinions and, despite of the new Media Law, our aim is to provide an alternative and reliable source of information – contrary to the one-sided press of the government – for those who want to hear the voice of a free Hungary.

Hungarian embassy employee might be responsible for leak discrediting Austrian President

A Hungarian diplomat may have leaked distorted and discrediting information about a closed-door meeting between Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and ambassadors of EU Member States, reports 444.hu.

Austrian tabloid daily Kronen Zeitung broke the news on Tuesday, citing the allegedly official minutes of the meeting, that Van der Bellen had called the chairman of the winner of the recent general elections in Austria, the Austrian People's Party's (ÖVP) Sebastian Kurz, "annoying".
Based on the report, the Austrian President allegedly called ÖVP's nominee for Chancellor, Kurz, an "annoying young man" who "hardly ever drinks alcohol, doesn't smoke and doesn't drink coffee either," and who would always be bound to the EU mainstream. According to Kronen Zeitung, Van der Bellen also disclosed confidential information to the ambassadors about the currently ongoing coalition talks between ÖVP and the far-right Freedom for Austria (FPÖ) party.
The tabloid daily also alleged that the President had rejected rumors he opposes the idea of including FPÖ in the government, but said he could block the ministerial candidates of FPÖ for an indefinite period. The tabloid asserted that Van der Bellen named Harald Vilimsky and Johann Gudenus, FPÖ's likely nominees for ministers of foreign and interior affairs respectively, whom he would definitely reject. Finally, the Austrian President was reported to have said he could imagine a minority government as well without the participation of FPÖ.
In reaction to the tabloid's claims, Van der Bellen issued a statement calling the article "misleading and absurd." Although he confirmed the authenticity of his statements about Vilimsky and Gudenus, the President insisted that he had only made good remarks about Kurz.
The President's Office started an investigation to identify the possible leakers, and according to Austrian liberal daily Der Standard, an employee of the Hungarian embassy in Vienna is suspected.
According to reliable sources of Der Standard, an unknown embassy employee attended the closed-door meeting instead of Ambassador János Perényi. The newspaper said the report had been badly translated from English. Passing through "several hands" numerous parts were supposedly modified and distorted before being sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest.
According to the organizer of the meeting between the Austrian President and the EU ambassadors, Estonian Ambassador to Austria Rein Oidekivi, the discussed topics were imprecisely portrayed in the leaked report and the public has been deceived by false information.
It is not yet known what might have been the motivation behind the leaking of the falsified information.
Source: 444.hu; Kronen Zeitung; budapestbeacon.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:25

Breaking news

Newsletter

Comments

Written on 13/09/2017, 20:13 by admin
guest-post-eu-and-orban-two-good-friendsThe decision of the European Court of Justice, according to which Hungary should accomodate more than one thousand refugees is at the same time appaling...
Written on 06/10/2016, 19:58 by admin
guest-post-the-day-after-the-referendumThe much anticipated referendum about the resettlement of migrants in Hungary was declared invalid, however, those who voted overwhelmingly rejected the...
Written on 23/06/2016, 06:31 by admin
disintegration-or-something-else-gyurcsany-s-solutions-to-the-ills-of-western-democracies  Something has gone wrong. Quietly, but ever more noticeably, more and more people in more and more places are in revolt. In the American...
Written on 06/04/2016, 19:20 by admin
how-germany-and-its-leftist-liberal-supporters-killed-solidaritySolidarity. This is the word that is probably is the most used and misused term in European politics. Its original meaning is supposed to mean to show...
Written on 23/03/2016, 20:30 by admin
the-orban-regime-can-only-end-in-failure  Change in the Orbán regime is only possible in the event of its downfall, so ruling Fidesz either becomes successful with its current set of...
Written on 23/03/2016, 20:20 by admin
anger-or-resignation  No matter how hard Mr Orbán is trying to get rid of his old cronies, he just cannot get rid of himself. He is too old for his system. The...
Written on 14/01/2016, 20:51 by admin
europe-s-new-yearThe European continent had a very difficult year in 2015, but that may be dwarfed by 2016. The most heated issue will be, without a doubt, the migration...
Written on 09/12/2015, 14:16 by admin
the-secret-diaries-of-viktor-orban-nov-dec-2015November 14th 2015I awoke to the shocking news about the Paris attacks last night. Words cannot express my feelings of shock.It turns out that one of the...
Written on 12/11/2015, 14:31 by admin
spies-in-the-newsroom   According to a new scheme, the government might place spies in the newsrooms, to have a better view of what is being written. This all...
Written on 29/10/2015, 20:02 by admin
greczy-s-blog-many-for-hungary  Some may want to do so, but DK will not write off its plans to win 2018 elections and to have a desperately needed co-operation with other...
Joomla templates by Joomlashine