Dalibor Rohac then turned to detailing the nature of Brussels’ double standards. “In many ways, [Bulgaria and Romania] are in worse shape than Hungary and Poland. But I think especially from the perspective of European institutions, they are sort of manageable, right?” he said. He then added that “[EU institutions] just send enough structural funds their way. And even if some of it would get stolen or misused, these countries will basically do what you want them to do.”
Did you catch that? Rohac implies that as long as EU member states play along, everything will be fine with their funding. The EU financial resources, he suggests, buy their loyalty. That’s deeply troubling.
In the researcher’s view, the EU’s double standards are perfectly illustrated by the example of how the relationships member states have with Russia are treated differently. According to Rohac, while “currently Bulgaria is the closest to Russia, and it is known that several other countries, including Czechia and Austria, are cooperating with Russia,” international media only criticizes Hungary.
Dalibor Rohac’s opinion is very similar to what former OSF director Andrej Nosko had to say in a leaked Skype interview. According to Nosko, for international watchdog organizations like Freedom House, “if it's not your friends in government, then whatever they do, it's just not good enough.”
In a previous chapter of the footage obtained by Magyar Nemzet, Nosko also revealed how foreign journalists paint a distorted picture of Hungary in international media. Then just last week, a Hungarian journalist who worked for leading, leftist outlets exposed international NGOs’ far-reaching influence over foreign journalists. Meanwhile, several days ago, a former liberal MEP made headlines in Spain for speaking out against the double standards used in the cases of Hungary and Poland.