Nick Thorpe, the BBC’s long-time correspondent in Central Europe, has penned a Hungarian-language opinion piece in HVG about “Hungarian bitterness,” comparing the local scene with his recent experiences working in Northern Ireland.
“Bitter winds blow in Hungarian politics this fall – whether from the opposition or the government. Between one-half to one million people have left Hungary in recent years. They were embittered that they could not make a living in their homeland,” he states.
Thorpe writes that both Viktor Orbán’s government and his opponents have become embittered, but the antidote to this bitterness is generosity, especially towards the recent influx of refugees into the country.