The migration policies Hungary adopted last summer have limited refugees’ access to asylum, a recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. That’s not all the problems the UNHCR had. According to them, neither Hungary’s asylum procedure nor reception conditions in transit zones comply with European Union or international standards. And there’s more. The UN refugee agency also has issues with the implementation of the concept of safe third countries – countries refugees had traversed en route to Hungary – as this also restricts access to asylum. But the best is yet to come. The agency criticised the government’s move to criminalise illegal entry into the country. At this point I was like: are you frigging kidding me? Entering a country illegally is a criminal move. Period. It doesn’t matter who you are, it is unlawful. I wonder where the UNHCR would be if I were to enter the US or Canada illegally and they threw my behind in jail. Probably nowhere. You know why? Because I would have committed a criminal act, for heaven’s sake. The findings of the report are not that surprising though. By now we know that everything Hungary does is bad, everything everybody else does – especially Germany – is exemplary. I wonder what the UNHCR will have to say about the Germans now that Angela Merkel has started to sing a different tune. In case you missed it, last Thursday the Chancellor attended a forum in Berlin where she said that “our most important task is to protect our external borders in order to be able to decide who we want to let in”. Sound familiar? Someone in Hungary has been saying this for about a year but Orbán was called all kinds of evil when he did so. Why the sudden change now? Could it have to do with the fact that Merkel’s approval rating is so low that you need deep diving gear to get to it? Could it be that the most powerful person in the EU is not the grand stateswoman everyone – well, almost everyone – believed her to be, but nothing more than a simple politician?