Orbán government’s major blunder

When I was preparing for László Trócsányi’s hearing by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee’s (AFET), my notebook was full of questions on such issues as the rule of law in Hungary, smuggling former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski across multiple states or how the government exports its corruption mechanism to other countries. Now it seems I will never have a chance to pose these questions to him.

Today the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) rejected Mr Trócsányi over a conflict of interest with the position of Commissioner. Let’s see what that means: Viktor Orbán’s nominee was not rejected for professional reasons nor was he politically unacceptable for this post. He didn’t even get that far. László Trócsányi’s business dealings are incompatible with the office of Commissioner. Furthermore, Mr Trócsányi seems to have lied a bit when he claimed that he had no share in the law office that bears his name or that said law office did not get assignments from the government.

I expect the cabinet and its lackey media will soon start throwing the usual tantrums about Soros agents and the insults against Hungary. However, Hungary was not insulted by the European Parliament when they proved that Mr Trócsányi’s business interests are incompatible with the position he was nominated for. The first insult was committed by Orbán and his pals when they appointed Trócsányi as a Minister in Budapest and then nominated him to Commissioner.

Perhaps the operators of Orbán’s System of National Cooperation don’t care about the rule of law and they may not even have heard of ethics but politics and business are separated in the world. If you break this rule, you are rejected. That’s what happened to Trócsányi and consequently to the Orbán government, too. This has nothing to do with political struggles or cultural differences. This is about law and morals (and I hope Orbán doesn’t want to officially declare corruption and dishonesty as national treasures). The saddest part of the story is that Hungary is linked to these people sitting in the hall of shame. I hope that we Hungarians can rise from here and show the world that even if propriety is persecuted by the current government, we still want to be part of the civilized Europe and don’t want to sink to the level of third-world banana republics.


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