WELCOME BACK AUSTRIA-HUNGARY!?

WELCOME BACK AUSTRIA-HUNGARY!?

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Austria-Hungary may be coming back, ironically about a century after the Treaty of Trianon broke apart the old Hapsburg monarchy and replaced it with yet other cobbled-together "states" such as "Yugoslavia" and "Czechoslovakia".  Well, maybe not Austria-Hungary as such, but this article, shared by Mr. J.S., does raise questions:

Hungary Pushes for Anti-Refugee Referendum

Now you'll note something very peculiar in this article, besides the fact that it appeared after the historic BREXIT vote in Great Britain:

Hungary's leader Viktor Orban is forging ahead with his own referendum on migration and refugees, in what European diplomats see as a sign of battles to come with anti-Brussels populists across the Europe.

"We need to fight to prove to people that it is possible to form an EU migration policy that is in line with the Hungarian national interest," Orban said days after the Brexit vote.

"This is going to be a long struggle for which I will need a strong mandate, which cannot be ensured without a referendum," said Orban, who is in favor of remaining in the EU but wants more powers for member states.

Orban has enlisted allies, such as neighboring Slovakia, which also opposes the quotas and this week joined a chorus of eastern EU states calling for the powers of the EU Commission to be reined in after Britain's vote to leave.
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You'll note that Prime Minister Orban - whom I have pointed out before has been raising questions about the Mr. Global's dogma of the obsoleschence of the nation state, and whether corporations can be trusted to run things oblivious to national culture and the wishes of people - is seeking allies in, well, Slovakia. Slovakia was the other part of Czechoslovakia, which, again, was carved out of the old Austrian part of the Dual Monarchy, which also then included Galicia (in southern modern-day Poland), and (here it comes) the Western Ukraine.

But if you've been following the growing reaction in Europe against the Islamicization of European cities due to the refugee crisis, not to mention the growing economic strains it's putting on smaller members of the EU like Hungary and Austria, you'll know there's a growing Austrian reaction as well. In fact, there is resistance to the EU policy in Croatia, in the Czech republic, in short, throughout provinces of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, mostly in provinces that were formerly a part of the Austrian section of the Dual Monarchy, and in addition to Hungary itself(the other part). What's interesting here is that the EU policy and its dictates exceed anything that Vienna would ever have dreamed of doing, even in its wildest dreams. Indeed, the rickety Hapsburg Empire was trying to reform itself, to allow a growing representation of the Slavic components of the Empire to have greater local autonomy and genuine voice. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Dual Monarchy, whose assassination sparked the war we were all fighting a century ago, was in favor of such reforms. Unfortunately, Kaiser Franz Josef, like Queen Victoria, doggedly held on to life until 1916, eclipsing even the famous British monarch's long reign and preventing one of the great what-ifs of history.

Nonetheless, the movement now growing in Mitteleuropa is interesting to watch, even if falling short of the old Austria-Hungary, for it does signal the emergence of what I predicted in last THurday's News and Views from the Nefarium, i.e., the emergence of regional blocs within the EU to pressure for reforms and changes in policy. Intriguingly, the EU does resemble the Austrian-Hapsburg Empire, before the reforms that turned it into the "Dual Monarchy", with Hungarian autonomy in everything except foreign policy and supplying units of the K.u.K.(the Kaiserliche und Koenigliche, Imperial and Royal, military): for the EU, like pre-reform Vienna, is quite content to ignore the wishes of various European peoples in favor of its insane centralization policies and dogmas. And the irony of the situation is that Mr. Orban, like the Hungarian leaders then, have had enough and are insisting on their national and local (and cultural) rights. And then, as now, Vienna and Budapest were worried about the growing power of their powerful neighbor to the north. It may not be quite the old Austria-Hungary, but the emergence of this bloc, in some respects, is a replay. They're stronger together, than they are separately. And in that respect, we may be watching the reemergence of an old power bloc whose dissolution caused a vacuum in Central Europe that Germany was only too ready to fill.

See you on the flip side...

11 thoughts on “WELCOME BACK AUSTRIA-HUNGARY!?”

  1. Well, yes Austria-Hungary is all well and good, but what is really driving Urban’s stong anti-immigration stance is the large and barely manageable Hungarian gypsy population.

    They are the original non-assimilationists, they have a fundamentally foreign worldview to Hungarians and live — well, like gypsies — and it causes no end of societal friction and resentments.

    The alliance-building he is doing to reign in the Brussels Bolsheviks is simply reaching out to like-minded neighbors, who perforce were once part of the empire.

  2. Not long ago the European headlines were about Orban holding similar talks with Polish (read: Galician) officials.

    A suspected Catholic-Lutheran alliance from Finland down to Slovenia has been whispered about for some time. The Lutheran component is thought to include Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, and Latvia. And the Catholic component may include Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Slovenia. Only once have I seen Croatia also mentioned in this list.

    Iceland’s new President has talked about a northern bloc that would include the newly BREXIT-ed UK.

    Interesting that such talks mention almost everyone except for the suicidal Swedes.

    1. Your listings almost gave me shivers. Ancient alliances…

      Three countries stand out: Switzerland, Sweden, and Portugal. There is something ‘hidden’ going-on in those that I cannot quite put my finger on, yet…

  3. Robert Barricklow

    Mute if TTP/TTIP take over sovereign powers in both the U.S[and her vassal rubber stamp signatories] and Europe. The corporate State will supercede the nation states in one bold and traitorous penstroke.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Clinton delegates/backers are for the TPP passing in a lame duck congress. The Clintons – and their non profits foundation; of which Saudi Arabia contributed more than any other entity except: The Department of War… oops I man Defense –
      are salivating all over the TPP stake going right into the hearts of the Nation-States.

      Trump says he’s against it.

    2. Robert Barricklow

      I made in comment in two parts.
      The second part in under moderated[was more than 80 proof].
      The Clintons were ill spoken of – in regards to the TPP.
      [Had to keep under tome size].

  4. Anyone else find this ironic/intriguing? (From Wikipedia)

    “The Battle of Vienna took place in Vienna on 11–12 September 1683 after the imperial city of Vienna had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months. The battle was fought by the Habsburg Monarchy, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire, under the command of King John III Sobieski against the invading Muslim Ottoman Empire and its vassal and tributary states, and took place at Kahlenberg Mountain near Vienna. The battle marked the first time Poland and the Holy Roman Empire had cooperated militarily against the Turks, and it is often seen as a turning point in history, after which ‘the Ottoman Turks ceased to be a menace to the Christian world’.”

    1. Yes indeed. The rebirth of an ancient war really. Christianity Vs Islam, Enlil Vs Enki.

  5. If are rebirth of a form of Austria-Hungary is being thought of how about bring back Yugoslavia. Or the Holy Roman Empire maybe this might be the true path to a real United States Of Europe Hanseatic League old ideas are new again.

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