BERLIN/WARSAW | | frankreichitalienpolenungarn

BERLIN/WARSAW (Own report) - High-ranking German politicians are calling for punitive measures against Poland. The Polish government's measures neutralizing the country's constitutional court as well as its new media laws are "in violation of European values," according to Volker Kauder, Chair of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. The EU member states must now "have the courage to impose sanctions." Earlier, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger called for Poland to be placed "under supervision." Even though the new media law, formally placing public service media under direct government control, are in fact more drastic, the forms taken by this official media control are already widespread throughout the EU. Hungary is not the only country to have enacted a media law, a few years ago, showing striking similarities to the new Polish law. Former President Sarkozy had also adopted similar measures in France. The French rulers still exercise considerable influence over public service media. However, particularly in Germany, with its hubris in seeking to discipline Poland, sharp criticism is frequently raised against the state and state parties' control of the public service media. more…

BERLIN/NEW YORK | | ungarnukrainelettlandkroatienitalien

BERLIN/NEW YORK (Own report) - The Federal Republic of Germany has refused to vote in favor of a United Nations resolution condemning the glorification of National Socialism and Nazi collaboration. Last week, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution strongly criticizing the edification of memorials to Nazi functionaries and the stylization of Nazi collaborators as "freedom fighters." Germany and the other EU nations abstained, the USA, Canada, and Ukraine voted against the document, with 115 nations voting in favor. Berlin and Brussels use the excuse of not wanting to support a resolution initiated by Russia. In fact, a vote in favor of the document would have caused hefty disputes within the EU, and between the EU and important allies. With growing frequency, notorious Nazi collaborators are being publicly honored in such EU countries as Hungary or the Baltic countries and in Ukraine, in some cases by officials of the respective governments. more…

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV | | ungarnukraine

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV (Own report) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's demand that the putsch regime in Kiev adopt the German model of ethnic minority policy is creating strong tensions. At the beginning of his third term in office, Orbán declared that Ukraine must grant the Hungarian speaking minority special rights based on ethnicity, including the right to acquire Hungarian citizenship. Partisans of the putsch regime have shown understanding for Kiev's strong protests: Kiev cannot admonish Russia's engagement on behalf of its "compatriots" in Ukraine, while simultaneously allowing Budapest to do the same thing. Orbán's ethnic demands are in fact equivalent to the special rights imposed by Berlin for the "German ethnic minority" in Poland. Berlin claims that hundreds of thousands of people living in Poland are allegedly "German citizens" - and have the right to vote in Germany. Not only is Budapest exacerbating this German ethnic policy in its foreign policy, but it is also demonstrating the radical forms ethnic orientation can take in a European country today in its domestic policy. Berlin, according to experts, supports this development with "critical solidarity." more…

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/SIBIU | | rumaenienungarn

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/SIBIU (Own report) - With her appearance at yesterday's annual reception of the German League of Expellees (BdV), the German chancellor has again demonstrated her appreciation of its significance for Berlin's foreign policy. Already at last years BdV annual reception, the chancellor had declared that the resettled Germans serve as a "link" to their regions of origin in Eastern and Southeastern Europe and, along with the local German speaking minorities, as "an extraordinary cohesive force" in an increasingly integrated EU. Hungary is a current example. That country improved its bilateral relations by declaring a day of commemoration of the resettlement of Germans. On Monday, Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, participated in the commemoration ceremonies for the resettled Germans held in the Hungarian parliament. Unexpectedly, a prominent Germandom functionary has recently been appointed deputy chairperson of one of the ruling parties, in Rumania - in an effort to improve relations to Germany, according to observers. At the same time, extreme right wing forces remain active in the "expellees" associations. In late 2012, one of the largest homeland associations awarded its "Cultural Prize for Science" to a prominent publicist, who denies that Germany bears sole responsibility for World War II. more…

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/BOLZANO | | italienungarn

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/BOLZANO (Own report) - A new study published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) warns of the heightened "potential for conflicts" in the EU due to the ethnic policy promoted by Berlin. Most recently, according to the paper, the Hungarian government under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán particularly made waves with provocative steps for supporting "Hungarians Abroad" in neighboring countries. Dissention is currently growing also in other countries over ethnically defined minorities, particularly since certain governments have begun granting their citizenship to ethnic minorities of neighboring countries. Berlin also - erroneously - praises the South Tyrolean Autonomy Statute as a model solution. Erroneously, because, as can be seen by current secessionist demands in northern Italy, this can, under no circumstances, be "the model for solutions to conflicts" of other minorities. Throughout the study, there was no mention of the Federal Republic of Germany's ethnic policy though it describes its application by other countries such as Hungary and Romania, as well as the German-speaking minority of South Tyrol - criticizing them sharply. Germany not only practices this incriminated ethnic policy generally, it is elaborately granting German citizenship to members of minorities in neighboring countries, which, according to the SWP, is even in violation of official OSCE recommendations. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (own report) - In the midst of hefty protests, the Hungarian government is preparing to pass a new constitution oriented on German ethnicist policy. The document conjures up the "notion of the unified Hungarian nation," beyond the borders of the Hungarian Republic, to include Hungarian-speaking minorities of the neighboring countries. It bases itself on the mythical "Holy Hungarian Crown," "which embodies the constitutional national continuity of Hungary", while removing republic from the official name of the nation, as the designation of the form of state. Critics accuse the ruling Fidesz Party, of using its two-thirds parliamentary majority to constitutionally impose permanent ethnic conservative standards upon all of Hungary. This does not impede Berlin from continuing its close cooperation with Budapest. Just last week, the German Foreign Minister praised his Hungarian counterpart, for Budapest's very successful fulfillment of its functions chair of the European Council. Intensive cooperation is also planned within the framework of the so-called Danube Strategy, which is to be adopted during the Hungarian incumbency as chair of the EU Council. From Berlin's standpoint, which is itself following an ethnic based foreign policy, Budapest's ethnic escapades are no obstacles. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - During his appearance at the European Parliament, last Wednesday, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán successfully defended the nationalist policies of his government in Budapest. The scenarios under consideration for EU sanctions against Hungary, because of Budapest's new media law and its ethnic chauvinist propaganda, have become merely "yesterday's hot air" according to the obviously contented German right-wing press. The Orbán government has to neither worry about breach of contract proceedings nor a suspension of its voting rights. "The excitement over the media law", which places the Hungarian press under government surveillance, will "soon dissipate." As the German chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Klaus-Heiner Lehne (CDU), declared, the Hungarian prime minister can be assured of the "broad solidarity" of the largest caucus in the EU Parliament, the EPP, saying that the criticized Hungarian projects correspond, to a large extent, to German models and are acceptable. This actual consensus has its origins in the German-Hungarian revisionist strategies of the 1920s and 30s. Both countries used ethnic pretenses to reverse their territorial losses and threaten their European neighbors. This proximity brought Hungary to ally itself with its Nazi conquerors. Budapest sacrificed hundreds of thousands of its citizens to the German racists because they were Jews. This collaboration continued after 1945 and can be traced up to the present day. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - Hungary is applying German methods in ethnic chauvinist policy, granting Hungarian citizenship to hundreds of thousands of citizens of neighboring countries. The new Hungarian citizenship law, which took effect at the beginning of this year, is the means being applied. Citizens of bordering nations can apply for and receive a Hungarian passport, if they can prove they are Hungarian descendents. This is patterned after Germany's method used to grant German citizenship to "ethnic Germans" of Poland and the Czech Republic. The citizenship law, which has now taken effect in Hungary, is part of the government's complete reorientation of the country, soon to include the ratification of a new constitution, making ethnic chauvinist principles the basis of Budapest's policies for the coming decades. An aspect of this transformation is the controversial media law, designed for the long term suppression of all opposition to ethnic chauvinist policies. The governing Fidesz Party has friendly ties to Germany's Christian Democratic parties (CDU and CSU), receiving preferential treatment from German party foundations and drawing on decades of tight-knit German-Hungarian cooperation. The party's success is a demonstration of how, in the long run, ethnic chauvinist politics will achieve a breakthrough in a Germany-dominated and ethnic chauvinist oriented Europe. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - Hungary will exercise its upcoming EU council presidency, starting at the beginning of 2011, in the service of Berlin's foreign policy. This was announced by the Hungarian Foreign Minister after talks with his German counterpart. "As council president" his country will "support everything that serves Germany," said János Martonyi last week during his visit to the German capital. Budapest's duties in the first half of 2011 include the initiation of a strategy for expanding German business to Southeast Europe (Danube Strategy), as well as intensify the debate on "ethnic minority rights" along the lines of the German model, which Hungary is promoting in direct coordination with the "Sudeten German Homeland Association". Observers are warning that Budapest is not only instituting an ethnic oriented foreign policy, it is also bringing about an ethnic-chauvinist reorientation of domestic policy - including the reversion to ethnic-mythical 19th century "Lebensraum" (living space) ideologies. According to them, Hungary, one of Germany's closest allies in the EU, is proceeding to create an "authoritarian order". more…

BUDAPEST | | ungarn

BUDAPEST german-foreign-policy.com documents a "Political Declaration" of the Hungarian parliament. Hungary is one of the closest allies of Germany in Europe. more…