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Blog Mozgástér - Hungary | 20/08/2015

EU leaving Hungary in the lurch on borders

The EU is leaving Hungary in the lurch when it comes to protecting its Schengen borders, political scientist Tamás Lánczi criticises on blog portal Mozgástér: "The spokesman of the EU Commission explained at a press conference that Brussels expects Hungary to protect its Schengen borders, but with its own means. … It doesn't take much imagination to see that a country with just under ten million inhabitants lacks both the material and physical resources to stop 200,000 to 250,000 refugees this year. The EU has made 60 million euros available for that. Only: added to the fact that that isn't even an adequate handout we're not allowed to use the money for protecting the borders, but only for integrating illegal migrants. In other words: we're supposed to protect EU borders using Hungarian taxpayers' money and use EU funding to ensure the education of immigrants."

Blog Mozgástér - Hungary | 28/07/2015

Hungary sees itself as guardian of the West

Hungary hopes to complete construction of its controversial fence on its border with Serbia by the end of August. With the wave of refugees coming to Europe the country feels thrown back to its traditional role as guardian of the West, political scientist Tamás Lánczi comments in the blog portal Mozgástér: "In contrast to the way other nations define themselves Hungarian identity never separated from reality to become a purely theoretical construct. Defending the West was always connected with an all-out fight against enemies of flesh and blood who almost without exception wanted to force another culture, language, religion and set of morals upon us. Precisely for this reason Hungarians react so sensitively to challenges by foreign cultures. It's as if the tide of refugees that in the past few months has swelled into a mass migration had reawakened the historical Magyar identity in the mind of the Hungarian public. Once again we see ourselves on the border between two civilisations, and once again there is no one to help us [as was the case in the 16th century against the Ottomans]."

Blog Mozgástér - Hungary | 10/04/2015

Hungary tops rating in Europe thanks to Orbán

According to the US research institute Bretton Woods, Hungary is one of world's the ten best states for investments. Writing on the blog portal Mozgástér, political analyst Tamás Lánczi attributes this news to the successful economic policy of Viktor Orbán's right-wing conservative government: "Contrary to the horror stories being spread by the opposition Hungary's financial and economic policy is successful. Hungary is an attractive location for foreign investors. ... Hungary is right up there with states like Germany, Denmark and Japan today. In recent years, thanks to rapid economic growth, a low budget deficit and good investment conditions it has been able to secure a top position for itself in Europe. Now the question is when the rating agencies will come to their senses and recommend Hungary as a country worth investing in once more."

Metropol - Hungary | 07/04/2014

Anti-Orbánism not enough to win

Hungary's left-wing opposition alliance, "Change of Government", suffered a crushing defeat in the parliamentary elections on Sunday not because the right-wing conservative ruling party Fidesz is so strong, but because the left has failed to renew itself in the last four years, political analyst Tamás Lánczi contends in the free newspaper Metropol: "Fidesz was able to secure a million more votes than the united left. ... Although the left blames Fidesz for its weak performance, its troubles are home-made. ... The problems are well-known: corruption scandals, the failure to come up with new faces, an ageing voter base, the never-ending rivalry among left-wing politicians and on top of all that a chronic lack of ideas and innovation. If we were to ask a voter today what occurs to him when he thinks of the left, he would no doubt name unbridled Orbánophobia. But that's clearly not enough if you want to win an election."

hvg - Hungary | 08/03/2014

Orbán clearly backed by middle class

A month before Hungary's parliamentary elections on April 6, the right-wing conservative governing party Fidesz has a strong lead in the polls. In the left-liberal weekly Heti Világgazdaság, Tamás Lánczi, a pro-government political analyst, argues that this is because in the last four years Fidesz has above all strengthened the country's middle class. When Viktor Orbán's government came to power in 2010, "the middle class regained the ability to shape its own destiny. ... The middle class consists of all those who earn more than the average wage of 210,000 forint [around 675 euros], have a family and dutifully pay their taxes. Their expectations are logical: low income tax, state support for the family and favourable conditions for Hungarian businesses. Fidesz is in a position to make plans for the next four years today because it has largely fulfilled these expectations."

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