Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Ungheria. Sospesi i rapporti diplomatici con l’Olanda.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-08-26.

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Il fattaccio era nell’aria: un qualcosa del genere era atteso da tempo.

Da tempo la dirigenza dell’Unione Europea e molti stati membri, capitanati dalla Francia di Mr Macron e la Germania di Frau Merkel, stanno guidando una campagna di linciaggio morale e giuridico dei paesi del Visegrad, specialmente Polonia ed Ungheria.

Il motivo del contendere è stato sinteticamente ricordato dal Ministro degli esteri olandese, Mr Bert Koenders:

«the Netherlands does have some criticisms of Hungary which – despite EU agreements – will not accept refugees and has very strict regulations for NGOs.»

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I fatti come sono riportati da uno dei principali quotidiani olandesi.

«Hungary has pulled its ambassador out of the Netherlands, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary.»

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«Gajus Scheltema reportedly criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government in a magazine interview, comparing its rhetoric to that of Islamic terrorists, and sparking the row.»

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«According to the ANP, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday that ‘contacts at an ambassadorial level have been suspended indefinitely’, and said Scheltema had overstepped the boundaries of his role.»

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«On Friday, Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from the ambassador’s reported comments.»

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«“Of course, we can in no way say or give the impression that the Hungarian government has the same methods as terrorists,” he told the Dutch press. “That is simply not good and I distance myself from that.”»

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L’Ambasciatore olandese in Ungheria ha ripetutamente paragonato l’Ungheria ad uno stato islamico terrorista.

Di qui il ritiro degli ambasciatori, grado più elevato di conflitto diplomatico.

Le parole del Ministro degli esteri olandese,Mr Bert Koenders gettano immediatamente acqua sul fuoco:

«“Of course, we can in no way say or give the impression that the Hungarian government has the same methods as terrorists,” he told the Dutch press. “That is simply not good and I distance myself from that.”»

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«But this has nothing to do with the methods of ISIS»

Ma questa dichiarazione non è per nulla sufficiente.

Deve intervenire il Governo olandese con un comunicato ufficiale.

Vedremo come evolverà la situazione, ma proseguendo di questo passo l’Unione Europea corre il serio pericolo di disgregarsi, ed anche in malo modo.

Il fatto che Mr Macron abbia escluso dal suo viaggio nei paesi dell’est Polonia ed Ungheria non preannuncia proprio nulla di buono. Ricorda strettamente il comportamento dei politici tedeschi nell’agosto 1939.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-08-26. Hungary suspends diplomatic ties with the Netherlands

Hungary has recalled its ambassador in The Hague. The move comes in response to remarks made by the Dutch envoy, in which he compared Budapest’s efforts to “create enemies” to those of the “Islamic State” jihadist group.

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Blunt remarks by the Netherlands’ ambassador to Hungary, Gajus Scheltema, have ruptured relations between the two EU member states and prompted Budapest to take “one of the most radical steps in diplomacy” by withdrawing its ambassador from The Hague.

In an interview published Thursday in the Hungarian opposition magazine 168 Ora, Scheltema lambasted Hungary’s unwillingness to take part in the EU’s plan to relocate asylum seekers, expressed concerns over corruption and press freedom in the country, and decried the Orban government’s campaign against billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros.

However, what most enraged Budapest was when he drew parallels between the Hungarian

government and the so-called “Islamic State” jihadist group.

“Here it is always an immediate search for an enemy,” he said, accusing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of “creating enemies according to the same principle as globalization losers and religious fanatics.”

The interview was published in Hungarian, although it remains unclear in what language it was conducted.

Budapest hits back

Following the interview, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced that Budapest would withdraw its ambassador from The Hague and bar Scheltema from entering any Hungarian ministry or state institution.

“Relations at the level of ambassadors have been suspended indeterminably,” Szijjarto said.

Hungary’s top diplomat described the decision as “one of the most radical steps in diplomacy,” adding that he would ask for the Dutch Foreign Ministry’s position on ambassador Scheltema’s statements. “We won’t settle for an explanation behind closed doors,” he said.

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Scheltema’s remarks were “totally unacceptable and impermissible.”

“There is no need for such unprecedented statements, neither in bilateral relations nor in Europe,” Kovacs said. “We decidedly reject (them) and we expect the Netherlands to take steps in this regard.”

Scheltema was reportedly already scheduled to leave his diplomatic post in the near future.

Dutch top diplomat ‘embarrassed’

Speaking to reporters later on Friday, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders admitted that he was “embarrassed” by the ambassador’s comments and that “that comparisons should not be made.”

“For me, it’s clear there is no link between terrorism and the actions of the Hungarian government,” he told Dutch news agency ANP. “I can’t imagine that this is what the ambassador had wanted to say,” he added.

Orban has repeatedly gone head to head with the EU over his hard-line stand on immigration, which he has described as the “Trojan horse of terrorism.”


Dutch News. 2017-08-26. Hungary pulls ambassador from Netherlands after criticism

Hungary has pulled its ambassador out of the Netherlands, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary. Gajus Scheltema reportedly criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government in a magazine interview, comparing its rhetoric to that of Islamic terrorists, and sparking the row. According to the ANP, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday that ‘contacts at an ambassadorial level have been suspended indefinitely’, and said Scheltema had overstepped the boundaries of his role. On Friday, Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from the ambassador’s reported comments. “Of course, we can in no way say or give the impression that the Hungarian government has the same methods as terrorists,” he told the Dutch press. “That is simply not good and I distance myself from that.” He said he would be discussing the matter with the Hungarian foreign minister, but did not want it to be a big issue. He added, though, that the Netherlands does have some criticisms of Hungary which – despite EU agreements – will not accept refugees and has very strict regulations for NGOs. “But this,” added Koenders, “has nothing to do with the methods of ISIS.”

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