It is comforting to know that you keep your readers aware of other people’s views by publishing their letters.
I must respond to your article “Hungarians swing against EU – not” (The Budapest Times, 6-12 September 2013) where the result of a survey by Tárki, as it happens erroneously, was that most Hungarians were not happy being a member of the EU, which produced a very cynical and stupid remark by Daniel Gros, the consultant of the International Monetary Fund within the EU, among other positions: “If Hungarian people think that they are better off outside the EU, bye-bye, you can leave any time, nobody will keep you in.”
What I would like to know is would Mr. D. Gros make the same arrogant remark if a similar survey was carried out for example in the United Kingdom, Germany or France? I would very much doubt it since these countries contribute the largest amount towards the EU budget.
Mr. D. Gros totally missed the point that the people of Hungary have just as much of a democratic right to express their views as anybody else. In the future he should choose his words more carefully or he could be told bye-bye.
J. Jakovlyevits, Margate, England