Our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto was asked by German newspaper Die Tageszeitung (Taz) about the meeting of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, taking place in Budapest in December.
She told the newspaper that Orbán wanted to present himself as an important player. “Hungary is a small, poor, dysfunctional state. Turkey is a regional power with geopolitical ambitions,” she said.
“Illiberal politics is realpolitik in the worst sense of the word. If it benefits illiberal states, there can be a 180-degree turn in their positions,” she said about Hungary and Turkey blocking Sweden's NATO accession.
Read the article here (in German).