Those who follow the work of Joe Biden, already know that the newly elected US President knows some parts of Hungary quite well thanks to his visits taken in the past. In this article, we collected the most important ties of Joe Biden to Hungary.
In 1977, Biden spent his honeymoon at Lake Balaton in Hungary with his second wife, Jill Biden, the next First Lady – reported by the news portal 444. The Hungarian Sea was chosen on the proposal of MP Tom Lantos from Hungary, who began his political career at Biden’s office.
MP Tom Lantos was the one who suggested Biden spend his honeymoon near Lake Balaton.
According to the American foreign policy expert, Charles Gati, they are like-minded people, and it is crucial for both of them to enforce human rights and liberal democracy.
In 2009, Vice President Biden welcomed the former Hungarian Prime Minister, Gordon Bajnai. Within the framework of the meeting, energy security, the global economic situation and Hungary’s military commitment in the Afghanistan war were discussed. The meeting was reported by c-span.org.
According to Népszava, Biden also spoke with great respect about Zbigniew Brzezinski, with whom he had a close relationship for decades. There has been a lot of talk about Central Europe, where Brzezinski supported a modern, democratic, Western-valued and oriented Poland – apparently, Biden does the same. Blinken’s father was an ambassador in Budapest in the 1990s, and his foster mother is of Hungarian descent. They both still follow Hungarian political life day by day.
According to Charles Gati, the new focus of the American foreign policy will be directed towards China, the Middle East and, above all, Iran.
As he says, human rights and democracy will be given more emphasis than before, but it is difficult to predict when and to what extent they will return to this. Biden will undoubtedly be an influential supporter of NATO and the European Union and even the United Nations. America will once again support multilateral institutions.
Source: 444.hu; nepszava.hu; c-span.org