Why did Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, seek a rapprochement with Putin’s Russia? In a recent article – published on the website of the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) – Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz analyzes the shift in Orban’s foreign policy in a pro-Russian direction, which – the current holder of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies explains – is a way to facilitate closer ties with Germany. He elaborates:
“The Hungarian politician hopes that because Germany holds neither revisionist territorial designs nor any general historical animus against his nation, Hungary can serve as a useful and reliable geopolitical pawn for both Berlin and Moscow. This is what happens when the United States is absent; its leadership is missing; and the White House ‘leads from behind.’ This is also the best prism to scrutinize Orban’s foreign policy moves through. He cannot ingratiate himself to Berlin through his conservatism, but he can through Russophilia.”
To continue reading Dr. Chodakiewicz’s article, please visit the SFPPR website.
The article follows Dr. Chodakiewicz’s commentary on Hungarian domestic policy under Orban.