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The "Great Trips" to Budapest

The clubs of Gazeta Polska are taking their seventh trip to Budapest to honor the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 and rediscover traditional Polish-Hungarian ties.

Back during the first trip in 2012, we supported Hungarians in their attempts to repair their own country. We have called this trip the Great Trip to Hungary, not expecting to have 10,000 Poles join us. After changing their government and starting reforms, Hungrians were completely abandoned in Europe.

2012 was the cumulation point of attacks on Viktor Orban’s government. In the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso was focusing on the threats to democracy in Hungary, while defending international speculators who nearly drove the country to bankruptcy.

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6th Great Trip to Budapest by the clubs of Gazeta Polska in 2018, photos: T. Hamrat/GP

Barroso did not mention what Orban’s predecessor, Ferenc Gyurcsany said on the Hungarian tapes of truth: “We lied day and night and in the evening.” A few months earlier Jarosław Kaczyński said: “I am deeply convinced that there will come a day when we will have a Budapest happen in Warsaw.” 

Back then, his words were met with total criticism of the government elites. Everyone who travelled to Budapest, however, hoped that Kaczyński’s words would come true as quickly as possible. 

We had to wait five years!

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