Hungarians and Hungarophiles
everywhere smiled to see this picture of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán greeting his British equivalent, P.M. Theresa May, in London yesterday.
The Hungarians know how it's done.
This particular Hungarian
also speaks plain common sense about recent events.
Most EU leaders were subdued in their responses to Mr Trump's astonishing rise to power but Mr Orbán was delighted with the billionaire property tycoon's success.He was one of the few world leaders who backed a Donald Trump victory and back in July insisted victory for the Republican would be "good for Europe and vital for Hungary."Mr Orbán, who has been in London for talks with Theresa May, spoke of his reaction on hearing the news from the US on Wednesday morning.He told the Daily Telegraph: "I thought 'What a day!' I'm electrified! The era of liberal non-democracy is over. What has happened is that reality has broken through the ideology."We are moving back to reality, which means respecting the views of real people and what they think, how they approach these questions — not to educate them, but accept them as they are, because they are the basis of democracy."The Hungarian prime minister — branded a "mini-Putin," condemned for his anti-immigration, anti-Islam stance and in almost constant conflict with his EU counterparts — described the Trump election as a rejection of the worldview that "multi-culturalism and free movement of migrants is a good thing, by definition."He said he supported Mr Trump's argument for strong borders and foreign policies that did not want fights with the Kremlin or prioritize the "export of democracy."He said: "In that respect, Trump is better for us, and better for Europe."Mr Orbán believes the same "counter-revolution" led to the Leave campaign's victory in the EU Referendum [i.e. "Brexit"] but said he was sad to see the departure of a "strategic partner" and voice of "economic common sense."He said Hungary would not seek to make the UK "suffer" over Brexit which he described as the move of a "brave and self-confident" nation.He said:"We Europeans psychologically, should be able to honestly wish success to the British. It's a psychological pre-condition, to get that sentence to come out of our mouths. Honestly, to wish you good luck and success — this is the pre-condition for a fair Brexit negotiation." [Hungarian PM hails Trump win as counter-revolution and end of "liberal non-democracy" by Simon Osborne; Daily Express (London), November 12th 2016.