Hungarians rose up in an ill-fated popular revolt against communism in 1956 and then embraced a somewhat deranged democracy after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Hungary was even declared the “sick man” of Europe in 2007 with high unemployment, inflation and government debt.
Hungary’s new center-right government hopes to calm the hysteria.
Mr. Martonyi meant that his government desires stability and economic progress.
The Fidesz party government, which took power in April, is already on the path toward restoring economic stability, with a 16 percent flat tax on personal income, lower corporate taxes, government budget cuts and a temporary tax on bank profits.
“I tell you, I feel safe, reassured by U.S. policy toward Central Europe,” he added.
Mr. Martonyi also met with Reps.Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat, and Jim Costa, California Democrat, who chair the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the senior Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee; Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat and co-chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; and Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, and Steven C. LaTourette, Ohio Republican, who serve as co-chairmen of the Hungary Caucus.
Maximilian N. Teleki, president of the Hungarian American Coalition, praised Mr. Martonyi at ceremony for the dedication of a plaque at the Washington home of the late Swiss diplomat, Carl Lutz, who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in World War II.
“Mr. Martonyi is someone who has done great service to the advancement of Hungarian-American relations,” Mr. Teleki said. “He is someone who has been and will be committed to the strengthening of the trans-Atlantic ties.”
Nine months after caving in to Russian demands to scrap a U.S. missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, President Obama is proposing to cooperate with Moscow on a global missile defense, according to the U.S. ambassador to Russia.
“We will continue this dialogue so that Russia and we can work together on the creation of a global missile-defense system,” Ambassador John Beyrle told an audience at a Moscow university on Monday.View Entire Story
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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