Zsuzsanna Szelenyi, Program Director of the CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy and Peter Kreko, our Research Affiliate talked to Newsweek about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's attitude towards Sweden's NATO accession.
Zsuzsanna Szelenyi is cited in the article as calling Hungary's delay in ratifying Sweden's NATO bid "a bluff" and "a very transactional action," arguing that the government has tried to use this issue to pressurize the EU into providing the funds withdrawn from Hungary.
Both she and Peter Kreko noted that Orban had not articulated clear demands to be met by Sweden.
"Orbán wants to show his strengths as European leader," Zsuzsanna Szelenyi is further quoted as saying, adding that the "Swedish game" may undermine this image. Hungary being a very disciplined NATO member, which was the case until the Ukraine issue, is the most important part of Hungarian-U.S. relations, she added.
Peter Kreko said this was an "ego game" for Orban, adding that it was totally self-destructive and destructive for NATO, which was built on trust.
Read the article here.