The American Hungarian Federation (AHF) voiced “concern and perplexity” in a letter to Democrat Senator Benjamin L Cardin over his recent remarks concerning Hungary.
In its letter dated July 12, AHF said that several remarks in a statement by Cardin, published in the Congressional Record last Thursday following events in Budapest during Transatlantic Week, were unjustified.
The letter, signed by AHF head Frank Koszorus Jr, said that Cardin seemed “ambivalent” about Hungary’s Fidesz winning last year’s general election with an outright majority, and warned that countries “whose liberty was denied for over four decades by the force of tanks” must only be judged objectively, rather than on the basis of “generalisations and speculation”.
In his statement, Cardin said that while Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s two-thirds majority support in government is “not necessarily a bad thing … the Orban government has used that supermajority to push through one controversial initiative after another.” Among such initiatives he mentioned the media law, the citizenship law and the new constitution, as well as changes to the Constitutional Court, measures to reduce early retirement for soldiers and police officers and changes to the ombudsman system.
AHF requests an opportunity for representatives of the American Hungarian community to meet Senator Cardin to discuss the situation in Central and Eastern Europe.