Hungary is the only EU country not invited to Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy

FILE - President Joe Biden listens as he meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 15, 2021. The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its upcoming Summit for Democracy, prompting sharp criticism from China, which considers the self-ruled island as its territory. The invitation list features 110 countries, including Taiwan, but does not include China or Russia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
By Dénes Albert
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A United States run by left-wing President Joe Biden is going out of its way to snub Hungary by leaving it as the only European Union country not invited to the virtual Democracy Summit on Dec. 9-10.

Hungary’s cabinet minister, Gergely Gulyás, responded on Thursday, saying that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will not be able to speak as the representative of the entire Union at Biden’s upcoming Summit for Democracy later this month.

At a meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday, a representative of the Hungarian government said that EU member states would not be able to speak with one voice at the Summit for Democracy event organized by Biden, as Hungary was not invited from the EU member states. Other countries which did not receive an invitation include China and Russia.

The purpose of the meeting is for delegates to discuss the challenges facing democracies today. It is particularly interesting that no previously unanimously agreed position has been reached or adopted by all EU countries.

Gulyás was asked at the government information session on Thursday about his opinion that the United States had not invited Hungary to the summit. The minister stated that if Hungary is not invited somewhere, a common EU position cannot be represented there either, adding that a common foreign policy requires all member states.

The minister said that Hungary does not have as serious “democracy problems” as the United States.

“If we can help, and America thinks it would ask us for advice, we are available,” the minister said, adding that unlike in the United States, nearly one-third of voters in Hungary do not think their elections were plagued with fraud.

According to a major study by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin I Page, which was reported across the mainstream press, the United States is not a democracy, but a two-party oligarchy. Hungary, in contrast, is a multi-party system where alternative parties have a real chance of electoral success, which offers voters more democratic choice at the voting booth. The current government of Hungary received a two-thirds majority in the last elections, making it one of the most popular parties in all of Europe.

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