BUDAPEST (Jul. 25)
Hungary will model itself on Italian Fascism, it was authoritatively learned today, following return of Premier Bela Imredy from important Rome talks with premier Benito Mussolino. Members of Imredy’s entourage admitted that immediate steps will be taken to adapt a number of Italian fascist institutions to hungarian life.
Observers saw in the announcement by the Premier that he had been “profoundly impressed” by Italian fascism possibility that Hungary has been completely won over to Mussolini’s Danubian policies, and that IL Duce will speed a Rome-Bel grade-Budapest triangle to replace the defunct Austro-Hungary-Italian protocols which were abruptly terminated when Germany marched into Austria.
The Hungarian Government is working on several fronts to fortify its economic and diplomatic position abroad and at the same time stabilize its domestic position. Observers believe Hungarian leaders are anxious to reach Italian, English and French markets in order to counter-balance the German market which has been absorbing uncomfortable quantities of Hungarian goods since Anschluss, threatening to disrupt all of Hungary’s foreign trade.
At home, application of the anti-Jewish laws will permit 15,000 to 20,000 Hungarians to take the places now occupied by Jews in the public and economic life of the country. Imredy is said to be planning also to organize national propaganda on a scale hitherto unknown in Hungary in order to combat widespread subversive propaganda.
In foreign policy, observers pointed out that Hungary enjoys Germany’s friendship, has now cemented its friendship with Italy and will feel particularly strong when the combination with Italy is reinforced by ties with Yugoslavia. This triangle, it is hoped here, will inter-lock with the little entente, of which Yugoslavia is a member, and break the “iron ring” of this entente around Hungary.