RussiaNovember 16 2022, 16:38 pm

German Far-Right MEP Predicts Ties Coming With Hungary; Says “Woke Politics” Will Lead to Poverty, Repression, and Deep Crisis”

In a recent inter­view with Hun­gar­i­an media, Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orbán implied that stronger rela­tions with the Alter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD), a far-right, nation­al con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal par­ty, are hin­dered by the desire to main­tain opti­mal inter­gov­ern­men­tal rela­tions with Ger­many. In an inter­view with Budapester Zeitung, Orbán was asked and replied as follows:

Your par­ty is very reserved towards the AfD, despite the fact that – in terms of con­tent – there’s much more over­lap between Fidesz and AfD than between Fidesz and the CDU. Is this per­haps due to some kind of loy­al­ty to your for­mer major ally, the CDU/CSU?

Our pol­i­cy towards AfD has noth­ing to do with the CDU. Hun­gary has a strong inter­est in main­tain­ing good rela­tions with any serv­ing fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, be that from the CDU or the SPD. Under no cir­cum­stances can par­ty rela­tions be allowed to under­mine rela­tions between our gov­ern­ments. It’s a fea­ture of Ger­man democ­ra­cy that if we were to take action relat­ed to the AfD, it would affect inter­gov­ern­men­tal rela­tions. This is the case in the Fed­er­al Repub­lic, and we can­not change it. We there­fore need to set pri­or­i­ties. For us rela­tions between gov­ern­ments are more impor­tant than rela­tions between par­ties. So we’re forced to sac­ri­fice rela­tions with the AfD on the altar of the best pos­si­ble inter­gov­ern­men­tal relations.

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Respond­ing to the inter­view, AfD MEP Max­i­m­il­ian Krah pre­dict­ed that the sit­u­a­tion between the Hun­gar­i­an Fidesz par­ty and the AfD would change in the next six months. In his own inter­view with Hun­gary Today, Krah said that “woke” pol­i­tics would lead to ‘pover­ty, repres­sion, and deep cri­sis” in Ger­many and Europe and that pres­sure on the “wok­sters in Brus­sels and Berlin” would lead to ties being estab­lished by the two parties:

Accord­ing to Vik­tor Orbán, his party’s rela­tions with the AfD must be sac­ri­ficed for good inter­state rela­tions. Coop­er­a­tion with Ger­many and Ger­man invest­ment in Hun­gary is cru­cial for the Hun­gar­i­an econ­o­my. If Fidesz coop­er­at­ed with the AfD, would the Ger­man media and pol­i­tics put pres­sure on Ger­man com­pa­nies such as Audi and Mer­cedes to quit Hungary?

We under­stand Prime Min­is­ter Orbán’s wor­ries, but we are self-con­fi­dent enough to say that soon­er or lat­er he will have cause to relin­quish these con­cerns and see that we are the future. While no one knows what Ger­many or Europe will look like in ten or twen­ty years, we do know for sure that the left-lib­er­al “woke” pol­i­tics cur­rent­ly beloved by the Ger­man main­stream will lead to pover­ty, repres­sion, and deep cri­sis. Since the AfD is the only oppo­si­tion force to this polit­i­cal pro­gram, we will con­tin­ue to grow. We will also win new allies who are already with us ide­o­log­i­cal­ly but who think it would be dan­ger­ous to show it at this point because of the cor­don sanitaire.

So if there would now be offi­cial coop­er­a­tion with the AfD, it would def­i­nite­ly lead to some out­cry in the press and some crit­i­cal ques­tions from the large Ger­man indus­tries with close gov­ern­ment ties. I do not think that this would lead to a decrease in invest­ment or severe eco­nom­ic con­se­quences, but I am even more con­vinced that this sit­u­a­tion will change in the next six months. We will see that pres­sure from the “wok­sters” in Brus­sels and Berlin on Hun­gary will actu­al­ly increase, and that the cri­sis for Ger­man indus­try will deep­en. The only log­i­cal thing for Hun­gary to do at that point will be to estab­lish ties with us. There will be more under­stand­ing and accep­tance of this.

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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 in the cul­ture wars rag­ing in both the US and Europe. 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.

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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. Ear­li­er this month, we report­ed that for­mer US Con­gress­woman Tuli Gab­bard resigned from the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, accus­ing the Democ­rats of being “under the com­plete con­trol of an elit­ist cabal of war­mon­gers, dri­ven by cow­ard­ly wokeness.”

Last week, we report­ed that a for­mer head of the BfV, Ger­many’s domes­tic intel­li­gence agency called Hun­gar­i­an con­ser­v­a­tives a ‘bul­wark in this increas­ing­ly insane Euro­pean world, which is over­run by woke ide­ol­o­gy and the new socialism.”


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