Hungary does what is exclusively in its interest as perceived by its long-time Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He cares not what others think, including the United States. This singlemindedness allows Budapest to exercise unduly powerful influence in the European Union at large.
Orbán’s idol is Count István Tisza (1861-1918). The latter served twice as prime minister of Hungary, an integral part of the Habsburg Monarchy, over a hundred years ago.
Calvinist and Oxford-educated like Orbán, Tisza was a conservative libertarian. He was a target of hatred of various far leftists, hard core nationalists, most ethnic minorities, and others. He firmly believed in traditional Magyar aristocratic supremacy. Nonetheless, Tisza consistently protected the Jewish minority.
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