He said Hungary’s defiance was baffling given its past subjugation by Moscow, and its hard-fought efforts to join the West. Geopolitical interests have perhaps played a role — Hungary under Mr. Orban has long cultivated close ties with Russia and Turkey — but “this strange saga is also partly about Orban’s ego and his own political narcissism.”
“If you are the troublemaker you have to be taken seriously. This is a typical feature of authoritarianism: you have to pay theatrical respect to the strongman,” Peter Kreko is cited as saying.
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