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May 20, 2020

Budapest resident writes letter to FT pointing out that whatever PM Orbán’s government does, it never receives a positive headline

As it stands today in Hungary, the pandemic is well under control, the fatality numbers are well below any in western Europe. So what was the fuss all about?

Budapest resident Andreas Stefanovszky has written a letter to the editor of the Financial Times pointing out that whatever Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government does, it never receives a positive headline from the publication.

As rightly mentioned in the article (“Orbán indicates intention to ignore ECJ ruling on asylum”, Report, May 17), PM Orbán indicated that he would relinquish by the end of May the emergency power granted to him by parliament. Stefanovszky writes that this does not come as a surprise as the emergency power is limited in scope and time.

As it stands today in Hungary, the pandemic is well under control, the fatality numbers are well below any in western Europe. So Stefanovszky asks what was the fuss all about? It might turn out that Hungary is a functioning democracy after all.

The vast majority of Hungarians regard border control and immigration as a vital part of their sovereignty that was not handed over to the EU. We want to decide for ourselves, who we live with, particularly when it comes to people who seek entry for economic reasons and have been illegally travelling through a series of so called “safe” countries.

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