Today's friendship is tomorrow's alliance

Today, 23rd March has been celebrated for eleven years as the friendship day of two nations, the Poles and the Hungarians, said Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi, the vice chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee at the Bem Statue in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was attended by Polish and Hungarian citizens.

He added that the Polish-Hungarian friendship dated back to times when both Poland and Hungary were key states in Central Europe. Mr Gyöngyösi noted that there had been several occasions when the two nations might have abandoned the clasp between them but neither the devastation of our countries nor the world wars could undermine our responsibility for each other. However, he also emphasized that Poland and Hungary have historical responsibilities for Central Europe as well.

Our job is not to stand by US, German, French or Russian interests but to stand up for Central Europe in the European Union and the world alike, the foreign policy expert said. Reflecting on the latest developments, he explained that, at a Budapest conference held last week with participants from eight Central European countries, they had launched an initiative aiming to reduce the gap between the wages in our region and those in Western Europe. 

Photo: Balázs Béli

As reported  earlier: with representatives coming from eight Eastern Central European countries, i.e., Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia and Estonia, a European citizens’ initiative has been launched to achieve a European Wage Union. The declaration to that effect was adopted and signed in Hotel Kempinski, Budapest.

The Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day should be more than just a day of commemoration: it should be the day of our common futures and common goals. The relationship of our nations must not be purely sentimental; it should become the foundation for our joint efforts, Jobbik’s deputy Parliamentary faction leader emphasized.

Szabolcs Szalay, the head of Jobbik’s Youth Platform and chief of the foreign affairs staff noted that many nations could boast about their extensive network of relatives but Hungary’s kins were few and far between. However, we do have a nation that we can consider friends and that is perhaps more precious than an any relation because we do choose our friends. What connects us to Poles is no common ancestry or related languages but the centuries of struggles we fought together. He remarked that Hungary’s solidarity with Poland was the spark that triggered the revolution against the Communist oppression, and it began with the march to the Bem Statue.

The head of Jobbik’s Youth Platform then talked about the present day. He emphasized that people carried over from the Communist era reappear again and again, lying about their past in the Communist party or even the secret police, thus turning our nation back to the 20th century each time.

The speaker cited the example of Poland where the secret police files of the regime that put a whole nation into misery were opened and the public sphere was cleansed of former informants. As he put it, our Polish friends were once again leading the way and showing young Hungarians an example. Just like our ancestors did in 1956, we should carry out the idea once again.

To commemorate the occasion, Márton Gyöngyösi and Jobbik’s spokesman Ádám Mirkóczki sent a letter to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, expressing their appreciation of the Polish people and the friendship of the two nations.