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Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | 11/11/2015

Helmut Schmidt was Germany's conscience

The former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt died on Tuesday aged 96. He was a cult figure of public life in Germany, journalist Péter Techet remembers in the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet: "He was the living conscience of the German public - for some, too much so. … Helmut Schmidt was more conservative, more Atlantic-minded and more European than most German social democrats. While Brandt represented cosmopolitan elegance and left-wing romantic and Schröder took a stance that was critical of the US, as a Social Democratic Party (SPD) chancellor Schmidt embodied the social centre. The SPD has never since managed to find a politician who was left-wing in his moral stance but not led astray by utopias. … However because of this attitude, as chancellor Schmidt did not have much power within his own party - and later he had even less."

hvg - Hungary | 11/08/2015

Péter Techet on Western Europe's debt to the East

Western Europe still owes Eastern Europe for the past, but is very doing little about it, journalist Péter Techet criticises in the centre-left weekly Heti Világgazdaság: "The western European EU member states are historically indebted to the eastern periphery of the Union, having left them to the Soviet Union after the Second World War, resulting in the glaring wealth deficit in East European countries. … And the last 25 years since the end of the Cold War have not brought any real change. To this day the West has never taken seriously its historical responsibility for the poverty of the East. EU subsidies are hardly going to allow the Eastern European regions to catch up. And this all fits nicely with Central European interests, because it provides Western businesses with cheap labour."

hvg - Hungary | 04/06/2015

Help! Hungary back to being a multiethnic state

On June 4, 1920, Hungary lost roughly one third of its population and two thirds of its territory as a result of the Treaty of Trianon. Journalist Péter Techet makes an ironic comparison with today's situation in the centre-left weekly paper Heti Világgazdaság: "June 4 1920 was a big day in Hungary's history. 95 years ago our small homeland finally gained its freedom. It shook off the yoke of the Habsburgs and rid itself of the liberal developments and reforms introduced by the Imperial and Royal Monarchy, to say nothing of ethnic diversity. After half a millennium Hungary was once more a sovereign state. Today nothing less is at stake: the 68ers, cosmopolitans, liberals, traitors and fanatic supporters of the EU here at home are plotting to betray Trianon and turn Hungary back into a large, liberal, multicoloured and hospitable country."

hvg - Hungary | 21/04/2015

Burgtheater entitled to criticise Hungary

Hungarian actor Péter Blaskó described the Viennese Burgtheater ensemble's criticism of Hungary's cultural policy as impudent on the web portal Mandiner. In the left-liberal weekly Heti Világgazdaság journalist Péter Techet counters: "I am neither an actor nor an expert on theatre, but I have been to the theatre in Vienna often enough to be able to respond to Blaskó's polemics. … If Blaskó had done the same thing at a guest performance in Vienna as the actors of the Burgtheater did, namely warn against a swing to the right brought about by the Freedom Party of Austria and voice concern about Austria's democracy, he would be applauded by a large part of the Viennese audience. … On Viennese stages actions like the Burgtheater's in Budapest are a frequent occurrence, and that stands in stark contrast to Hungary."

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