When do negotiations start?
Updated on 07 September 2022
The political spectrum in Hungary has been providing lots of food for thought and discussion in recent weeks.Topics like Internet governance, media censorship, anti-Semitism and europhobia are being tossed around in daily conversation. There’s never a dull moment.
As the majority of these conversations take place in Hungarian, I, like many other expats, are totally dependent on English-language media or translated texts. It is hard work keeping abreast of what’s going one and there is always the question of just how much has been lost or added in translation.
Just yesterday, I came across a blog by Eva Balogh in the Hungarian Spectrum in which she questions just this. The announcement made yesterday by the Hungarian government stated:
Hungary’s financial negotiations with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund will begin on July 17 in Budapest.
On futher investigation, it appears that
Olivier Bailly, spokesman for the European Commission, announced only that a joint IMF-EU delegation will arrive on that date, not to begin negotiations but to prepare the ground for possible forthcoming negotiations.
Not quite the same thing at all. Is it any wonder that I’m confused and find it difficult to know which text to trust? I can hear my mother’s voice in the background reminding me that newpaper will take any print.
When questioned, the Hungarian minister in charge of the negotiations, Mihály Varga,claimed that
negotiations begin when we start talking to each other.