August 6th, 2010

Schmitt takes office as new president of Hungary

Hungary’s outgoing President Laszlo Solyom on Thursday handed over his office to President elect Pal Schmitt.

Solyom wished much success to the new president and said that he would remain an “invisible president” standing next to Schmitt.

“Each president wants to open a new chapter but one should never forget that we are all writing the same book,” Solyom said.

Schmitt said it was a sublime moment to overtake the post representing the nation and welcomed Solyom’s offer for cooperation.

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  • wolfi

    At least the Polish people chose a different type of guy for president:
    “Komorowski, a 58-year-old pro-EU, moderate”
    Interesting coincidence, two inaugurations at the same day – but very different circumstances …

  • Steve

    I am not sure what reference you are making to Poland or Hungary, but the bottom line the constitution requires this primarily ceremonial post to be appointed by the majority of parliament. The parliament was elected duly by the people, so the parliament can choose who they seem fit.
    Mr. Schmitt is a reputable, multi-lingual, agile and distinguished gentleman. Whether you agree with his political stance is irrelevant, he is appointed and is not a shame to Hungary at all.
    If Hungary wants to have a system to elect a ceremonial post, the constitution needs to be changed.
    PS – There is nothing wrong with questioning Hungary’s role in EU, as the EU while it does support financially Hungary, its overall long term objective is to strengthen its central powers and weaken its member states political and military systems.

  • American in Budapest

    Steve,
    That is quite misleading. Perhaps you are one of those British Euro sceptics. It sounds like it.
    The EU was created by its member states. It’s highly misleading to speak of it as a separate entity “strengthen its central powers and weaken its member states political and military systems.”
    So the French and Germans want to weaken themselves?
    Come on, that is silly.
    The weakness of Europe is precisely the lack of political and economic unity.
    Europe destroyed itself when it hit the rock of nationalism in WWI and WWII.
    The EU will continue to become powerful because the nation state is inadequate in matters of trade, defense, and the environment.
    And most important of all, the EU forces countries like Hungary to undertake reforms they would not otherwise do. The Turkish leaders have it made very clear that is precisely why they want EU membership – it guarantees the process of reform.

  • Steve

    Germany, France are the EU.
    It is well known that economically these 2 countries run the show, and while I agree it has its benefits, EU is mostly a business advantage, but it does have long term interest of revoking several rights of individual member states, especially the smaller ones.
    I see no harm in a member state sticking up for itself and questioning EU policy instead of falling into the pied pieper line.
    Look at the United States, state rights are slowly eroding to the power of the federal government. That hardly guarantees the states a long term future, they have none.

  • http://www.centralbudapest.com Vándorló

    @Amcık…: “. The Turkish leaders have it made very clear that is precisely why they want EU membership – it guarantees the process of reform.” So, the Turkish leaders wish to be forced into undertaking reforms by external entities, reforms they couldn’t guarantee or undertake without this coercion? And this is the *main* reason for joining the EU, or just one of the main reasons?
    Amcık, are you serious? Are you deliberately acting the ignorant c*nt, just to entertain yourself?

  • justasking

    @American,
    Dude! Hey! I could be wrong…but I think Vandor likes you :))

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