Wednesday 22 January 2020

Hungary and Merkel clash in 'Nazi' furore

Matthew Day Warsaw

THE Hungarian prime minister has drawn outrage in Germany after drawing parallels with comments made by Angela Merkel about sending "cavalry" to Hungary and the Nazi occupation of his country. The diplomatic spat will add pressure to the at-times fraught relationship between the two countries. Budapest has taken exception to criticism by Berlin over controversial amendments to the Hungarian constitution.

When asked about the situation last week, the German chancellor, said she "would do everything to put Hungary in the right direction, but we won't be sending in the cavalry straight away".

But Hungarian PM Viktor Orban hit back in a radio interview saying: "The Germans have already sent cavalry to Hungary – they came in the form of tanks. Our request is that they don't send any. It didn't work out." The comments were dismissed by Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle as a "deplorable derailment which we clearly reject". Hungary, under the government of Mr Orban and his Fidesz party, has developed a reputation as a passionate defender of polices against international criticism. Former foreign minister Laszlo Kovacs described the reaction as a "coarse joke". He said Mrs Merkel was actually stressing moderation in dealings between the countries. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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