‘All the Red Lines Had Been Crossed’: CEA Talk with Finland Amb. Jari Vilén
In late March, the Hungarian parliament ratified Finland’s NATO membership, which led to joining it as a member a week later. At the time, some Hungarian officials “spent months telling counterparts that they had no objections, and their parliament was simply busy with other business,” as reported by Politico. “Budapest changed its narrative… with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán… arguing the point that some of his legislators had qualms regarding criticism of the state of Hungarian democracy.” While taking longer than perhaps hoped, the Hungarian parliament ultimately voted to ratify it by a margin of 182 to 6 on March 27.
Simonyi: Russians demanded elimination of Viktor Orbán in 1989
Hungary’s former ambassador to the NATO talks about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Hungarian approach to a war in the backyard, Viktor Orbán’s special relationship to Vladimir Putin, and how the Russians demanded the Hungarians to take him out in 1989. Host: Zoltán Kész Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken up the politics, economy and society […]
Cullinane: Hungary is one of Biden’s major issues
US-European relations expert Scott Cullinane shares his thoughts on the differences between the Trump and the Biden administrations, the new president’s first international trip leading to the Old Continent, and why Hungary is one of the major policy questions the current US administration will have to tackle in the coming years. Host: Zoltán Kész President […]
Stulík: Putin’s arch enemy is NATO
David Stulík, a senior analyst at the European Values Center for Security Policy , was the latest guest of CEA Talk. He spoke about the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic, the major depot explosion in Vrbetice linked to Russia’s intelligence services, and why the entire case is a “pleasant surprise” for prime […]