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Looking back at Hungary’s EU presidency

Regardless of their political affiliations, commentators appreciate the diplomatic performance of Hungary during the six months of the EU presidency, but this professional success story does not silence the usual controversies over the government’s democratic legitimacy.

Clinton and Rice in Budapest

Striking differences were apparent in the press coverage of the visits of two US Secretaries of State to Budapest. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice came to unveil the monument to Ronald Reagan, while her successor, Hillary Clinton spoke at the opening ceremony of the Tom Lantos Institute.

Meeting Benedict rather than Obama

“If Hungary’s President is ever offered a chance to meet the President of the United States of America, he should under all circumstances avail himself of such an opportunity,” warns Tamás Mészáros in his regular editorial in 168 óra.