Giuseppe Sedia

Jan 112016
PiS leader Kaczynski meets with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban: What does it mean?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban travelled to Poland last Wednesday at the personal invitation of Jarosław Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. Neither Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo nor President Andrzej Duda had been informed of the meeting. A source at Gazeta Wyborcza, instead, reported that the informal rendezvous might have been an initiative of the Hungarian Fidesz party chairman who was even responsible for choosing the venue for the meeting. The private debate between two right-wing party politicians took place in Niedzica at the Polish-Slovak border. The final choice on the location was not a casual one, since the village once belonged to the Hungarian Crown prior to 1918. Additionally, the city’s castle was for centuries a border-post between the two countries. During the five-hour long meeting, Orban and Kaczynski were served trout and żurek in the living room of a tiny budget guesthouse. Hungarian media conjectured that the main point of their conversation […]