Where do Hungary’s international allegiances lie?

  • EU & NATO member, but current authoritarian PM Viktor Orban likes Putin and talks up the so-called "illiberal state", i.e. authoritarian capitalism (emulating Russia, Turkey & China...and newest member being Sisi's Egypt).
  • US has lost interest and influence in Central Europe, so Hungary now vacillates between between Russia and Germany (ouch - maybe some lessons from Poland).
  • Reliant on gas from Russia (cheap energy is pillar of Orban's populist politics), but Germany is biggest trade & investment partner.

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