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The cornerstone of success was not the song itself in the Eurovision Song contest. It was rather the votes from the friends and the neighbors, such in the case of Finland and Sweden, or Spain and Portugal. I absolutely do not believe that the Azerbaijani diplomacy is as effective as the White House’s, of course. Still, we have to ask how much success in the Eurovision Song Contest depends on a country’s diplomacy. If it depends a lot, as it is said, we can declare that the Hungarian diplomacy failed badly. Just like Philip Rákay, the Hungarian Television’s executive and his companion did. Péter Szíjjártó, the prime minister’s personal spokesman can come up now with a theory that this failure is the result of the socialists’ international intrigue. Anyway, it was not nice to see how few votes Hungary got. I do not know whether it was the consequence of the new media law, or the dual citizenship law, or the new constitution, or perhaps Viktor Orbán’s show in the European Parliament. I had the feeling that it was some kind of revulsion against Hungary in Europe, although the song was lovely. This is the achievement of Hungarian diplomacy.
I want the prime minister to know that it was neither Kati Wolf nor the people of Hungary who were disliked. I rather believe this vote was a judgment on Hungary, or at least on the recent news about Hungary. Which is mostly Viktor Orbán’s political activity.
http://michaelknight.blog.hu May 15. 2010.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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