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Katalin Novák wrote about terrible pay of teachers and nurses in 2010 blog post

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444 ran some selected quotes from a blog that Fidesz’s nominee for head of state, Katalin Novák (pictured), reportedly wrote in 2010. According to these writings, we can get an idea of how the Fidesz politician lived with her family in Germany at the time as a well-to-do mother of three children, and how she viewed conditions in Hungary then.

In one post, Novák wrote:

Generally-speaking, life in Germany really is easier … I am grateful to fate that I was not forced to have to leave my country, that we do not live on the ridiculous income that a hospital nurse or educator makes.

The post was from 2010, so it is admittedly not in reference to the current situation, but the salaries of nurses and teachers are still not much better. For example, a Hungarian public school teacher does not even make the country’s average monthly salary of 440,000 Ft. (US $1,381) until they turn 61.

Katalin Novák also discussed the situation of kindergarten teachers in Hungary and Germany in another 2010 post, writing:

Attitudes, but also respect, material, and moral recognition may be the cause of differences in the behavior of kindergarten teachers [compared to Hungary]. I have never entered the room without seeing the kindergarten teacher playing, drawing, playing music, or talking to the kids, and I haven’t seen them smoking cigarettes or drinking coffee, or lounging in front of a desk with a bored, tired, broken face.

Katalin Novák was a full-time mother during her life in Germany, while her husband, István Veres, worked at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. The future President of Hungary also wrote about her living conditions at that time:

In Germany, we lived on the edge of a forest, in an amazing environment. I had nothing else to do but manage the three children, raise them, play with them for hours, have a picnic in the huge garden in the afternoon, then take them down to boxing lessons. In the evening we went to the sauna, swam for a bit or lit the fireplace, and enjoyed the fantastic scenery. We had two cars, István drove a convertible and left it wide open wherever he went. The food in the village shop was impressive, with even fresh seafood available on Thursdays. In the morning I ran amongst the deer, and we were only surrounded by people living in similarly well-off circumstances.

Hungary’s future Minister for Family Affairs also talked about how much easier it was to save money in Germany compared to Hungary:

Even with such a high standard of living, we were able to save as much money as would be possible after years and years of hard work back home. Whoever visited us was mostly baffled as to how we could even think of leaving it behind.

At the end of December, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that Fidesz was nominating Katalin Novák, Minister of Family Affairs at the time, as the successor to President János Áder. Since the ruling party has a two-thirds majority in Parliament, it is virtually assured that she will become Hungary’s next head of state.

444 has more details from Novák’s blog on motherhood, which aren’t available elsewhere as she has deleted her original posts.

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Orbán congratulates new German Chancellor Scholz

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed his best wishes to Olaf Scholz (pictured) in a letter to the recently-installed German Chancellor on Wednesday, Bertalan Havasi, head of the Prime Minister’s Press Office, informed MTI.

We consider the reunification of Europe, built on the foundations of our centuries-old historical bond, the change of regime in Central Europe, and the tearing down of the border diving the German people to be a significant factor in Hungarian-German relations.

-the Prime Minister wrote in his letter.

In his letter, Viktor Orbán emphasized that as Germany is a key partner for Hungary, “we remain committed to maintaining and developing our multifaceted cooperative relationship.” Orbán also invited the new chancellor to a V4-Germany summit to be held in Budapest next year.

Earlier, in an article published in German tabloid Bild, the Hungarian prime minister stated that the new left-liberal German government was moving away from Helmut Kohl’s Europe towards a centralized immigration and gender policy in Brussels under German influence.

We are no longer side by side in this. Time will tell how the situation develops

-added Viktor Orbán, who recently praised the relationship between Hungary and Germany in his most recent “Samizdat,” noting that he had directed the economic recovery process since 2010, “together” with now-departing Christian Democrat Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany’s new chancellor was elected by the Bundestag at the Wednesday morning session. Social Democrat (SPD) politician Olaf Scholz, the winner of the September 26 parliamentary election, received a majority 395 out of 707 votes.

Following congratulations, Olaf Scholz accepted his nomination from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and took the oath of office at noon.

[Index]

Péter Márki-Zay already has plans to meet with new German government

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After recently meeting European leaders in Brussels, Péter Márki-Zay (pictured) already has plans to meet with the newly-installed German government, István Ujhelyi told the Spirit FM program “Aktuál.”

According to the Socialist MEP, the German Social Democrats are assisting with organizing a trip for the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate to meet with representatives of the German government.

On a separate issue, Ujhelyi also said that the Hungarian government intends to bring large numbers of foreign guest workers into the country after the election next year. The politician claimed that the government has plans to settle 100,000-150,0000 Ukrainian, Indian and Pakistani guest workers in Hungary to reduce labor shortages.

[ATV]

Szijjártó: new German gov’t is pro-migration, U.S. spreads “fake news” about Orbán

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Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó gave a half-hour interview to Russia Today TV, a media outfit considered close to the Russian state, and reported by Klubrádió.

In the interview, Szijjártó spoke about the fact that Hungary is a sovereign country that decides for itself who it wants and does not want to live with. The Foreign Minister described the new German coalition now forming a government in no uncertain terms as pro-migration.

Szijjártó also pointed out that the German left and the country’s media constantly criticize the Hungarian government on issues such as its relations with Russia.

The great powers can afford to not do what they say, while Hungary always does as it says, Szijjártó told RT’s “Worlds Apart” program.

On the issue of Hungary not being invited to a democracy summit organized by the US government, the Foreign Minister also declared pride in Hungary’s democracy and said they don’t care about anyone else’s opinion on the matter. He reminded viewers that Hungary had been fighting for its freedom for over 1,000 years, and that the country shouldn’t be treated like a high school student.

There is a lot of fake news are being spread in America about Hungary and Viktor Orbán, who personally fights for the country’s freedom, Klubrádió reported Szijjártó as saying.

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What does the new German government have in store for Hungary?

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Népszava takes a look at the government program of the incoming German government and what it might mean for Hungary. From a foreign policy perspective, prospective Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the presentation of the document that he had a very close relationship with the United States and that he advocated a multilateral world order based on international cooperation.

The future Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair of the Greens (pictured), explained that the coalition parties are initiating a paradigm shift in many areas of foreign policy, and are once again calling for more active involvement. These include “preserving Europe’s strategic sovereignty,” which means strengthening the EU’s position in the world in fields such as energy, health, raw material imports, and digital technology.

The program also sent an apparent message to Hungary and Poland with the statement, “We will only support the European Commission’s proposal to disburse funds if conditions such as the independence of the judiciary are guaranteed.”

According to Népszava, Baerbock has repeatedly demanded tougher action against the Hungarian government, although admittedly from the opposition side. For example, last June she called for greater diplomatic pressure on Hungary to enforce human rights, and also accused the German government of “being silent for too long about the dismantling of human rights in Hungary.”

The paper argues that while a change in German foreign policy may be forthcoming, disputes between the parties of the incoming German coalition can still be expected on the issue of what kind of action to take against Poland and Hungary.

[Népszava]