US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell will travel to Washington for consultation on Wednesday to meet her boss, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland write Magyar Idők.

The Hungarian paper has learned that Victoria Nuland is unhappy with Bell’s performance as an ambassador; she is considered too “soft” on the Hungarian government – not confrontational enough.

“Magyar Idők” writes: It was not Collen Bell’s speech at Corvinus University last week that caused a stir but rather the fact that she broke her silence after such a long break by criticizing the Hungarian government for lack of democracy, freedom of the press, and corruption.

The ambassador, among other things said corruption in Hungary in her opinion was a serious concern and that the government pursuing heavy-handed tactics against NGOs.

She also criticized the government for limiting the judiciary, including the role of the Constitutional Court, as well as freedom of the media; she also reproached government politicians for using inappropriate language when speaking on refugee issues that show intolerance.

Photo: MTI

Colleen Bell later told “Népszabadság” that the content of her criticism of the Hungarian government contained nothing new, she just reiterated some of the worrisome phenomena plaguing Hungarian society like the lack of the freedom of the press and corruption.

Update

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina Jeff Duncan, among other things asked Victoria Nuland on Wednesday’s hearing why the US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell criticized the Hungarian government in her last week’s speech.

Hungary is a very valuable NATO ally, isn’t it? Why is then, that after several months of apparent improvement of bilateral relations, the United States ambassador has decided to launch an unprovoked attack on the Hungarian government? asked the representative.

Victoria Nuland in her reply stated that she didn’t know the details of Colleen Bell’s speech, but she recalled that Washington has concerns over corruption in Hungary and the Hungarian government’s handling of the media.

translated by hungarianambiance.com

Source: magyaridok.hu/MTI

6 comments
  1. We had the Tatars, Türks, Habsburgs, Germans, Russians, now we have USA!!

    Anybody else wants to jump on the “bandwagon” to run our Country????

    Agree or don’t agree, Orban and government is doing a good job and we do not need
    Nulands and Bells to tell us what, where and how to!!!!!

  2. http://www.c-span.org/video/?400138-1/hearing-russian-military-involvement-syria&start=2920#
    00:48:22
    Unidentified Speaker (REP. JEFF DUNCAN)

    >> HUNGARY IS A NATO ALLY. WHY AFTER MONTHS OF SEEMINGLY IMPROVED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE DEMOCRACY AND ALLIES, THE U.S. AMBASSADOR DECIDED TO LAUNCH…

    00:48:40
    Unidentified Speaker (VICTORIA NULAND)

    >> CONGRESSMAN, I’M NOT SURE SPECIFICALLY WHAT COMMENTS OF HERS YOU MAY BE REFERRING TO. SHE GAVE A SPEECH LAST WEEK REAFFIRMED U.S. SUPPORT FOR HUNGARY…

  3. Washington lecturing Hungary about corruption and freedom of the press? I find that amusing.

  4. Back in 1956, the U.S.A. helped create a DISASTER in Hungary with its interference via ‘RADIO FREE EUROPE’ (a front for the C.I.A., as we now all know !!) – “Keep fighting, help is on the way !!”

    And so the brave Hungarians fought and died.

    They learnt the hardest possible way NOT to ever trust the U.S.A.

    Now, almost 60 years later, the U.S.A. is again trying to interfere in Hungary !!!

    IF Hungary listened – for one nanosecond – to the INSANE advice from the U.S.A. about the (Muslim) ‘migrants’, I have NO doubt whatsoever that the results would be JUST as catastrophic :

    ISLAMIFICATION of Hungary (and Europe) on an UNIMAGINABLE scale.

    Since the U.S.A. is SO keen to ‘help’ these (Muslim) ‘migrants’, then why doesn’t it give ‘green cards’ to every single man, woman & child who enter Europe ILLEGALLY via Greece or Italy ?

    Our DEAR friend George Soros can then give ALL of his (ill-gotten) wealth to buying up HUGE tracts of land in the U.S.A. and building Muslim-friendly settlements there, whilst the U.S. Air Force can then fly ALL of these ‘migrants’ over to their NEW homes in the U.S.A. – at the expense of U.S. taxpayers !

    I’m SURE that the good citizens in the U.S.A. would welcome the resulting several million (Muslim) ‘migrants’ with open arms !

    So much for 9/11 and the THOUSANDS of U.S. servicemen / women (not to mention the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilans in the countries INVADED / ATTACKED by the U.S.A. !!) who were subsequently SACRIFICED on the altar of U.S. ‘big business’.

    On another issue, I for one will not be the slighest bit upset if the U.S.A. does NOT
    send back a T.V. producer of second-rate soapies as its main diplomatic representative in Hungary.

    The REAL problem for the U.S.A. is that it is MOST unlikely that there is ANYONE over there – with just a BIT of intelligence (yet alone someone in the diplomatic corps who can speak Hungarian !!) – who would RESPECT the sovereign rights of Hungary and NOT lecture Hungarians about how to run their country !!

    Just imagine the FUROR that would be made if Hungary DARED to send over an ambassador to the U.S.A. who doesn’t speak English and then had the TEMERITY to tell that nation to accept ALL the (illegal) ‘migrants’ from Mexico and other countries in Central & South America.

    Perhaps it’s about time that the U.S.A. got its OWN house in order and STOPPED
    INTERFERING in other nations’ internal affairs !!!

    YANKEES GO HOME – AND DAMN WELL STAY THERE (unless you are ‘bona fide’ tourists!).

  5. Ambassador Bell was only too kind and careful in mentioning corruption.
    In fact what is often referred to as the Orban’s mafia is committing a historical size rip off of the Hungarian state, thinly veiled in instant and ad hoc “laws” passed in contradiction of due process and Parliamentary procedure.
    Add the immoral or illegal purposes of such laws.
    At the end of the process comes the improper implementation or their wrongful/criminal acts in disregard of their own laws

    Anyone knows any president’s (or EU PM’s) small town crony being propelled from a struggling small gas installer to the 86th RICHEST MAN IN FOUR YEARS EXCLUSIVELY ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.

    Latin America of the 50s 60s doesn’t count.

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