Hungarian Politics podcast – Őszöd speech 10 years later

This week on the Hungarian Politics podcast, we commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány’s delivery of the infamous “Őszöd speech” to his fellow party members, following their successful re-election in 2006.

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Veteran foreign correspondent Kester Eddy

Longtime journalist and observer of political affairs Kester Eddy joins us to talk about the long shadow that the Őszöd speech has had over Hungarian politics during the past decade and its devastating effect on the Hungarian left wing. He also gives us his opinion on the political future of Ferenc Gyurcsány, who is still active in politics.

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Politico Europe reporter Tara Palmeri

In the second half of the program, we are joined by Tara Palmeri, a journalist and columnist for Politico Europe. We discuss an article that Palmeri wrote on May 13, “‘Hungarian? Who, me?’: Confessions of Brussels Pariahs”. Palmeri’s article examines the difficulties that Hungary and its bureaucrats face in implementing the country’s interests in Brussels, primarily due to antipathy in the EU towards the current Hungarian government’s policies and positions.

Palmeri tells us about the background to this story, whether some EU members privately support the Hungarian position even though they may publicly lambast it, and finally offers some advice on how Hungary can improve its standing in Brussels. She also comments on the official Hungarian government’s response to the article by spokesperson Zoltán Kovács.

You can follow Tara Palmeri on Twitter @tarapalmeri.

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Hungarian Politics podcast – Benedek Jávor

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Benedek Jávor at the “Sustainable Energy Scenario for Hungary” Conference, 18 May 2016

Hungarian Politics welcomes Benedek Jávor, Member of the European Parliament from the Dialogue for Hungary opposition party (known by its Hungarian initials PM), for the inaugural edition of the program.

Jávor joins us for a discussion on the planned expansion of the nuclear power plant in Paks, Hungary by the Fidesz government, and tells us why he and his party are so adamantly opposed to these plans.

Among the topics discussed in this interview are:

  • the major problems and dangers he sees with the current agreement to expand Paks
  • how Hungary can maintain its energy needs without increasing nuclear power capacity
  • the four specific complaints that the European Union has lodged with the Hungarian government regarding Paks
  • how he plans to continue raising awareness of Paks within the EU and among the Hungarian public
  • the few areas where PM and the ruling Fidesz government are in agreement with each other

You can visit Benedek Jávor’s homepage, go to his official European Parliament page, or follow him on Twitter @javorbenedek

Listen to the interview above, or download the file to your local drive. Thanks for listening!