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Orban and Hungary; Tucker's (and right wings) fave. This is what they want here. (Original Post) Evolve Dammit Apr 2022 OP
interesting quote DBoon Apr 2022 #1
K/R appalachiablue Apr 2022 #2


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1. interesting quote
Sun Apr 3, 2022, 08:58 AM
Apr 2022
...But during his second, 12-year stint in power, Orban has embraced a friendly and reliant relationship with Moscow that has made him an outlier in Europe. In a 2014 speech setting out his intentions to build an "illiberal state" in Hungary, he cited Russia as an example; in their February meeting, as Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border, Orban spoke glowingly to Putin of their bonds.

The relationship between the two strongmen is underpinned by economic reliance but also ideological similarities, according to Péter Krekó, the director of the Budapest-based Political Capital Institute.

"Orban's Hungary is very far from Putin's Russia -- but Orban mentioned already that Russia is one of his role models," Krekó said. "This anti-Western, ultra-conservative, anti-LGBTQ worldview ... (and) an ideology based on state-sponsored information" is "quite similar" to Putin's early moves as President, he added.

"Orban is the most pro-Putin prime minister (in the EU) and he did not expect the invasion at all," Krekó said.
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