I think this is a good sign that provides perspective to broaden the debate about the changes in Hungary. Both the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the main opposition party leader in Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński, have written to the EU President Jose Baroso that the criticism of Hungary’s recent economic and financial laws have been too harsh, while cautioning that the recent talk of Hungary rolling back democracy is exaggerated.
Before any Hungarian critics get upset with me, let me add that I too am concerned about the recent moves Orban’s government has made regarding freedom of speech and media censorship. I too would be mad.
Specifically, both Papandreou and Berlosconi, two incompetent yet democratically elected leaders, dared to use seek referendum and electoral support for the austerity “aid” packages that were being floated around at the time, so that the Greek and Italian people might show actual support for austerity plans that would further crush their standard of living and increase unemployment. Instead, the elites of the EU Troika helped get both leaders ousted and replaced by unelected puppets.
If the Hungarian people are truly outraged about these new laws, they have an opportunity to vote against Orban and his Fidesz party in the next election. Maybe they will, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Regardless, the show of support for Hungary by Polish leaders helps show how complicated the situation is, which is not what the Western media and the EU would like us to see. They wish for us to see things only in black and white, that all of Orban’s policies are wrong and only EU dictates are right.
In my opinion, obviously as just an outsider, I think I’d largely agree with most of Orban’s economic and financial reforms, such as changing the mortgage exchange rates and reasserting control over the Hungarian Central bank, while I would hope that the new media laws are reversed. But that is for the Hungarian people, not Brussels, to decide.
“we are all responsible for putting irresponsible people into power, people who lie continually”—Miguel Yarza, Democracia Real Ya, referring to the Popular Party’s victory in Spain and coming austerity (poverty) measures.
Really inspirational to see that protesters in Nigeria have embraced the language of the Occupy movement and are challenging years of public and oil sector corruption in the oil-rich nation. The movement has galvanized the youth against the lack of public infrastructure, job opportunities, and increasingly higher prices for basic goods and services:
The key passage:
President Goodluck Jonathan’s New Year’s decision to remove a fuel subsidy – an act that doubled the price of fuel for Nigerians overnight – catapulted the movement, which has dubbed itself, Occupy Nigeria. “Really from our perspective it was just a trigger,” said Adamolekun of the end of the fuel subsidy. “Nigerians have been very quiet for so long. The corruption in the system is known at home and abroad. Lack of infrastructure, rising costs of goods and services.”
What’s even more inspiring is that some cooperation and unity is being fostered between the tense and often violent Christian and Muslim Communities in Nigeria’s cities and towns.
“We’ve had places from Kano and various places around the country – even in Lagos – where Muslim brothers would be praying and Christians would stand guard,” said Adamolekun. “In Niger State two days ago Muslim brothers went around the church to protect the worshippers while they were there.”