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Hungary Rejects U.S. Senators’ Efforts to Advocate for Sweden’s NATO Membership

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Hungary’s decision to snub a bipartisan delegation of United States senators has thwarted efforts to push for Sweden’s entry into NATO. This move constitutes the latest example of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s unwavering commitment to maintaining national sovereignty and resisting external pressures, despite growing calls for Sweden’s accession into the military alliance.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, expressed his reaction to the snub as “strange and concerning,” reflecting the frustration felt by the visiting American senators, all of whom are strong advocates for Ukraine. This reaction indicates the disruptive effect Hungary’s resistance has had on NATO’s expansion efforts.

Under Prime Minister Orban’s leadership, Hungary has adopted a defiant stance against more powerful countries, firmly asserting “Hungary before all else.” This ethos was reiterated in Mr. Orban’s recent state of the nation address, in which he criticized Europe’s Ukraine policy, labeling it as a “spectacular failure.”

The refusal of Fidesz legislators and government ministers to engage with the visiting American senators has further exacerbated tensions. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democratic co-chair of the Senate’s NATO Observer Group, expressed her disappointment, stating that no government officials were willing to meet with the delegation during their visit.

In response to Hungary’s persistent resistance, Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, announced intentions to introduce a resolution in the Senate urging Hungary to expedite the process of admitting Sweden into NATO. This resolution aims to address concerns surrounding democratic backsliding and the broader issue of authoritarianism under Mr. Orban’s leadership.

Hungary’s position as the final obstacle to Sweden’s NATO membership is a point of contention, particularly as Turkey’s Parliament recently voted to approve Sweden’s entry. The senators remain cautiously optimistic that Hungary will eventually relent on its stance and allow Sweden’s accession, highlighting the importance of strengthening the alliance in response to Russian aggression.

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Despite mounting pressure, Hungary has extended the delays by citing various justifications, including scheduling conflicts, criticism of Hungary’s democratic norms by Swedish officials, and the absence of a visit by the Swedish prime minister to negotiate with Mr. Orban. The seemingly arbitrary nature of these explanations has damaged Hungary’s reputation as a reliable ally and fueled frustration among NATO members.

The United States ambassador to Hungary, David Pressman, expressed disappointment at Hungary’s unwillingness to engage with U.S. officials, emphasizing the urgency of the situation. He remains hopeful that Hungary will ultimately align with the rest of NATO in accepting Sweden’s membership.

In conclusion, Hungary’s defiance over Sweden’s entry into NATO has not only impeded the alliance’s expansion but also strained diplomatic relations with the United States. The ongoing stalemate underscores the challenges of balancing national sovereignty with the collective security interests of the international community. As tensions persist, the resolution of this issue remains uncertain, with broader implications for NATO’s future and the geopolitical dynamics within Europe.

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It is a rare thing in our rapidly secularizing country to be confronted with piety and devotion in popular culture. So it was a surprise, and a balm, to watch a man who prays daily and talks openly about his devout faith storm a bastion of earthly godlessness: “Saturday Night Live.”

I am referring, of course, to the comedian Ramy Youssef, who hosted the show on what he described in his opening monologue as “an incredibly spiritual weekend,” noting Ramadan, Easter and the arrival of a new Beyoncé album.

“I’m doing the Ramadan one,” he quipped, to peals of laughter, unspooling a very funny bit about how loving Muslims are. Youssef has mined his experience as a believer among the profane in gentle standup specials and a namesake sitcom. His entire monologue glowed with a welcoming warmth — Muslims, he seemed to say: We’re just like you.

In a country that is supposedly obsessed with diversity and inclusion, it is remarkable how rare it is to hear from a practicing Muslim in America.

Surveys by the Institute for Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan research organization focused on Muslim Americans, have consistently found that Muslims are the most likely group to report religious discrimination in the United States. According to a Pew survey conducted in 2021, 78 percent of Americans said that there was either a lot or some discrimination against Muslims in our society. Muslims are no more likely to commit crimes than members of any other group, but crimes in which Muslims are suspects get outsized media coverage, research has shown.

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It is no surprise, then, that Islamophobia is perhaps the most tolerated form of religious prejudice. Right now, Senate Republicans appear to have persuaded several Senate Democrats to vote against a Muslim judicial nominee after smearing him, with no evidence at all, as an antisemite.

Many of the skits that toyed with religion on “S.N.L.” on Saturday were funny — Ozempic for Ramadan! Genius. But part of me winced through them as well, because I saw in Youssef something that other members of minority groups have had to do to “earn” their place in the safety of the mainstream: the performance of normalcy, of being nonthreatening and sweet, the requirement to prove that your community belongs in America just like everyone else’s.

I loved Youssef’s monologue, in which he bravely pleaded, “Please, free the people of Palestine. And please, free the hostages. All of the hostages.”

“I am out of ideas,” Youssef declared toward the end of his monologue. “All I have is prayers.”

To which this nonbeliever can only say: Same, Ramy. Same.

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