Sztójay could not have been a better servant…

For several years now, there has been an ongoing tug of war between the Orbán government and European politicians as to what you can do in a democracy and under the rule of law, in other words, where the red or any other colour lines are drawn. We, who suffer Fidesz’ reign as the citizens of this country, often refer to the principles, ideals and lines that we hear from Western politicians, in the hope that it is really a red line, this must really blow the fuse in Western Europe. What we experience however, is that such acts as hijacking the public media and the unimaginable brainwashing elicit nothing more than a few tut-tuts; the government’s demonstrative ignorance of the OLAF report, the unscrupulous theft of public funds and the giga-fine imposed on the largest opposition party don’t blow the fuse; just like the methodical election fraud doesn’t raise any eyebrows, either. Driving away the CEU turns out to be just a minor political debate, barely an inconvenience compared to how Jean-Claude Juncker is depicted as an archvillain in the outdoor media all over Hungary (okay, that might have hurt somebody’s feelings... Juncker’s, most likely). Just a few nagging articles in some Western newspapers, that’s all. Neither did the Western political sphere seem too concerned when Viktor Orbán decided to steamroll the Hungarian Academy of Science and the Hungarian intelligentsia in general. Then came yesterday’s news: after the government put its hands on the Academy’s research institutes, the newly-created “National Science Policy Council” will be co-chaired by none other than former EU Commissioner and CDU politician, Günther Oettinger.

Yes, this is the same Oettinger who approved of the takeover of utility companies; who negotiated with the Orbán government on the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant and who believes that renewable energy sources are too costly – there goes Fidesz’ green programme, there goes progress...

Yes, this is the same Oettinger who, three years ago on 28 February 2017, told German business paper Handelsblatt that it would be a bad idea to withhold EU funds from the countries that trample on the rule of law because most of these monies flow back to Germany as they are spent on German products and services, anyway. Do you get it? They send the money here, officially to help us catch up, but practically just so we buy German goods, after the Hungarian oligarchs have taken their share. Catching up with the West? Welfare society? European living standards? No way! From now on, we have our very own Günther Oettinger who, as the leader of Hungarian science, will obviously make sure that Hungary doesn’t produce anything that would interfere with the interests of the German industrial lobby. Just so everybody can understand: they need neither scientists nor citizens in Hungary. They only need slaves who can be worked to death on measly wages; are willing to work 12-14 hours a day for a monthly 120 thousand paid in the devalued Hungarian Forint and do not go on strike, guaranteed. There’s no need for independent scientific achievements or Hungarian inventors. If you still want to break out of this misery, you can work as a low-paid designer for German corporations. These are Viktor Orbán’s goods; that’s what he peddles in the West and that’s why he is tolerated in the European People’s Party.

For a long time now, this European People’s Party has not been representing the European nations. Instead, it represents the German industrial lobby that uses the whole EU policy for generating business profit along a logic that is not so different from that of the 1930s. This lobby keeps the CDU and Oettinger under control, too. And they have the same attitude to Orbán and his team as they had to Döme Sztójay’s government: as long as all their wishes are fulfilled, the Hungarian government is allowed to play the hero, the saviour of the nation and the champion of the Hungarian cause. As a good servant, Orbán will keep looking forward to meeting all their demands while Hungary is flooded with the “we will win” propaganda even though Hungarian youth have basically two choices left: go broke or go abroad.

But nothing lasts forever, not even Fidesz’ rule. Just as before, Jobbik will continue working for such a Europe and Hungary where there are no first- and second-class citizens, only free people living in safety. 13 October, 10 November, 16 February; to be continued...

 

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