Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán Compares German Chancellor Merkel To Nazis
Nazi comparisons remain popular, but in most cases they are absolutely inappropriate and not based on facts.
Latest case in point: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made a thinly veiled reference linking German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s criticism of Orban’s authoritarian tendencies to Nazi Germany’s invasion of Hungary in 1944.
To be fair, Merkel’s rhetoric about not bringing in the cavalry was perhaps not the best wording against the historical background.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, Orbán’s remark was absolutely absurd and willfully deceptive, coming from a politician whose party has been actively working to erode democracy in Hungary while tolerating open antisemitism and violent neo-fascist movements.
There are valid criticisms of Angela Merkel and her party, for sure, but comparing her to the Nazis is certainly not one of those. Judging by the recent political record, it is instead Viktor Orbán and Fidesz, who have exposed themselves as some of the true enemies of democracy in the midst of Europe.
Viktor Orbán may score some political points with his nationalist base using such rhetoric, but he should make no mistake: the rest of Europe knows what he is up to.
The slipping of Hungary into authoritarianism must be stopped.
“The Fog of Amendment.” (Kim Lane Scheppele, New York Times, 2013/03/12) – On the Hungarian parliament’s constitutional amendment that does away with an independent judiciary.
“Reaktionen auf Nazi-Vergleich: Vereint gegen Orbán“. (Florian Gathmann, Spiegel Online, 20.05.2013)
“Ungarns Regierungschef brüskiert Deutschland mit Nazi-Vergleich” (tagesschau.de, 20.05.2013)
“Ungarn: Parlament entmachtet Verfassungsgericht.” (Stern.de, 11.03.2013)