Hungarian legislator criticizes new US ambassador

AP News
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 3:27 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian lawmaker from Prime Minister Viktor Orban's governing Fidesz party has sharply criticized the incoming U.S. ambassador. He says she is ignorant of local politics and, like some of her predecessors, has biased views.

During her confirmation hearing last week in the U.S. Senate, Colleen Bell, a producer of soap opera "The Bold And The Beautiful," repeated concerns from the U.S. government, the European Union and others about the "state of checks and balances in Hungary and the independence of some key institutions."

In an open letter published Wednesday in the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet, Gergely Gulyas says that Hungarians are fed up with "the double standard applied to the center-right government" and urged Bell to get informed before talking about democracy in Hungary.