RussiaNovember 7 2022, 14:20 pm

Former German Intelligence Chief Says Hungary a “Bulwark” Against a Europe “Overrun by Woke Ideology”

Hun­gar­i­an media is report­ing that the for­mer head of the BfV, Ger­many’s domes­tic intel­li­gence agency. has called Hun­gar­i­an con­ser­v­a­tives a ‘bul­wark in this increas­ing­ly insane Euro­pean world, which is over­run by woke ide­ol­o­gy and the new social­ism.” Accord­ing to a report in Hun­gary Today:

Octo­ber 26, 2022  The for­mer head of Germany’s domes­tic secu­ri­ty agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, talked to the Hun­gar­i­an week­ly Mandin­er about his impres­sion of Vik­tor Orbán, Hun­gar­i­an con­ser­v­a­tivism, and the war in Ukraine. “My impres­sion is that Fidesz and the Hun­gar­i­an con­ser­v­a­tives are a kind of bul­wark in this increas­ing­ly insane Euro­pean world, which is over­run by woke ide­ol­o­gy and the new social­ism,” Hans-Georg Maaßen, the for­mer pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­al Office for the Pro­tec­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion (BfV), Germany’s domes­tic secu­ri­ty agency, told the week­ly Mandin­er. Speak­ing about a recent pan­el dis­cus­sion with Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orbán in Berlin orga­nized by Ger­man out­lets Berlin­er Zeitung and Cicero, he said he felt a lit­tle ashamed of Ger­man jour­nal­ists who almost apol­o­gized for invit­ing Orbán, “as if he was not a wel­come guest.” “I was very impressed by the open­ness and direct­ness with which Mr. Orbán answered all the ques­tions in a real­ly thought­ful and pro­fes­sion­al man­ner,” Maaßen said, who is also a politi­cian of the Chris­t­ian demo­c­ra­t­ic CDU par­ty. Accord­ing to him, Orbán’s words res­onat­ed well with many peo­ple, for exam­ple on sanc­tions, the cease­fire, and fam­i­ly pol­i­cy. “But he dis­ap­point­ed many peo­ple in one respect: Orbán act­ed as the Hun­gar­i­an prime min­is­ter and not as the leader of the Euro­pean con­ser­v­a­tives, as many would like,” Maaßen added. Speak­ing of the war in Ukraine, the Ger­man politi­cian said that he agrees with Vik­tor Orbán that “this is not a bilat­er­al war, so it has to be seen in a glob­al con­text.” “It is a proxy war between Amer­i­ca and Rus­sia. It is also clear to me that the Amer­i­cans do not want an armistice and do not want nego­ti­a­tions for the time being. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this is our big prob­lem, because we are the biggest vic­tims of this war, along with the Ukraini­ans,” he explained.

In 2019, Ger­man media report­ed that Maassen was join­ing a law firm rep­re­sent­ing the far-right Ger­man polit­i­cal par­ty Alter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD). The Deutsche Welle report also notes that Maassen was forced into retire­ment from the BfV in 2018, part­ly over alle­ga­tions he had passed sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion to the AfD and har­bored sym­pa­thies with the par­ty’s anti-immi­gra­tion stance. In Feb­ru­ary, Der Spiegel report­ed that Maasen is still sus­pect­ed of not only hav­ing resist­ed mon­i­tor­ing the AfD but also had giv­en the par­ty tips on how it could avoid being tar­get­ed by the ser­vices. The Spiegel arti­cle also report­ed that Maassen had become fur­ther enmeshed in far-right extremism:

Day by day, Maaßen seems to be div­ing deep­er into the world of right-wing ide­o­logues and con­spir­a­cy sup­port­ers. On the spe­cial-inter­est chan­nel “Hal­lo Mei­n­ung,” which also pro­vides a plat­form for AfD politi­cians, he rails against the “delib­er­ate destruc­tion” of social struc­tures by the left. At “Junge Frei­heit,” the cen­tral organ of the New Right, he warns against “creep­ing into social­ism.” And on Get­tr, he posts a video of an anti-Semit­ic Coro­na belit­tler telling wild con­spir­a­cy sto­ries about vac­ci­na­tion. For Maaßen, it’s a “mov­ing appeal” to the “urgent need for a Covid vac­cine ban.”.….“Socialist and glob­al­ist forces” had con­spired to destroy “tra­di­tions and nation­al cul­tures,” Maaßen said.

Read the rest here.

Woke” is an Eng­lish adjec­tive mean­ing “alert to racial prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion” that orig­i­nat­ed in African-Amer­i­can Ver­nac­u­lar Eng­lish. Begin­ning in the 2010s, it came to encom­pass a broad­er aware­ness of social inequal­i­ties such as sex­ism. It has also been used as short­hand for Amer­i­can Left ideas involv­ing iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics and social jus­tice, such as the notion of white priv­i­lege and slav­ery repa­ra­tions for African Amer­i­cans. Of late, “woke” has been used indis­crim­i­nate­ly by both sides of the polit­i­cal spec­trum. As CNN report­ed in January:

If 2020 renewed calls for racial equal­i­ty as Black Lives Mat­ter protests explod­ed through­out Europe, 2021 brought in the back­lash as parts of the polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment waged a so-called “war against woke.” Stripped of its orig­i­nal mean­ing of a per­son being awake to pro­gres­sive issues, “woke” has been appro­pri­at­ed from the Black ver­nac­u­lar and turned into a polit­i­cal light­ning rod in the West­’s cul­ture wars. It is now used pejo­ra­tive­ly by law­mak­ers and pun­dits from both left and right, crit­i­ciz­ing the per­ceived excess­es of social and racial jus­tice move­ments. The politi­ciza­tion of the word, which has seen degrees of suc­cess in the Unit­ed States, has bol­stered polit­i­cal resis­tance to calls for more equal­i­ty in Europe. The amor­phous term has also been inter­pret­ed dif­fer­ent­ly, depend­ing on where it is deployed.

Reads the rest here.

West­ern cul­ture wars and oppo­si­tion to “wok­e­ness” are key themes for Rus­sia and the Glob­al Nation­al Con­ser­v­a­tive (GNCA) alliance, described in a Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report as follows:

Russ­ian Pres­i­dent PUTIN has expressed an inter­est in Rus­sia becom­ing the ide­o­log­i­cal cen­ter of a new glob­al con­ser­v­a­tive alliance, and Euro­pean far-right lead­ers have tak­en pro-Russ­ian posi­tions based on a sim­i­lar ide­ol­o­gy. Hun­gary is at the cen­ter of a devel­op­ing alliance between Euro­pean far-right nation­al­ists and Amer­i­can con­ser­v­a­tives that Rus­sia could poten­tial­ly exploit for use in infor­ma­tion war­fare. This alliance oper­ates under the rubric of “Nation­al Con­ser­vatism,” cen­tered on nation­al sov­er­eign­ty, cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty, and oppo­si­tion to glob­al insti­tu­tions and rep­re­sent­ing a poten­tial­ly rad­i­cal change for the US con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment away from long-held Rea­gan-era philosophies.

Read the full report here.

In Octo­ber, Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orbán’s polit­i­cal direc­tor appeared on a US rightwing pod­cast where he dis­cussed con­cerns about “Wok­e­ness” as a “brand new issue in Hun­gary.” Also in Octo­ber, GIOR report­ed that Putin had once again deliv­ered a speech in which he exten­sive­ly ref­er­enced so-called “cul­ture war” themes com­mon­ly espoused by rightwing/conservative West­ern ele­ments. We report­ed in Sep­tem­ber on the third US-based Nation­al Con­ser­vatism Con­fer­ence in Mia­mi, where “wok­e­ness” was a key top­ic. We report­ed yes­ter­day that for­mer US Con­gress­woman Tuli Gab­bard had resigned from the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, accus­ing the Democ­rats of being “under the com­plete con­trol of an elit­ist cabal of war­mon­gers, dri­ven by cow­ard­ly wokeness.”

Ger­many has one of the largest Russ­ian dias­po­ras, with an esti­mat­ed 6 mil­lion Russ­ian-speak­ing peo­ple liv­ing there. The AfD has more sup­port in east­ern Ger­many, which is skep­ti­cal of EU mem­ber­ship and where his­toric ties include ‘resid­ual cul­tur­al empa­thy with Rus­sia. A new poll from late Sep­tem­ber showed that the AfD would be the strongest polit­i­cal par­ty in the for­mer East Ger­many were elec­tions to be held now, with 27% of peo­ple in the East vot­ing for the par­ty as opposed to 12% of for­mer West Ger­mans. A Ger­man aca­d­e­m­ic has con­clud­ed that the AfD is a nation­al-con­ser­v­a­tive par­ty with many bridges to Ger­many’s rightwing extrem­ism; in Decem­ber 2021, we report­ed that the cov­er­age of RT Deutsch showed sig­nif­i­cant con­gru­ence with the polit­i­cal and social posi­tions pro­mot­ed by the AfD. In Octo­ber, we report­ed that a planned vis­it to Russ­ian-occu­pied Ukraine by AfD politi­cians had been canceled.


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