When Laszlo Szabo, Hungary's deputy minister for foreign affairs and trade, visited the United States this month, he made a point of including Los Angeles on his itinerary.
“I wanted to come to L.A. because there is a huge community of Hungarian origin,” said Szabo, who is also his country’s minister of state for parliamentary affairs.
Part of that community was historically associated with the film industry, including Bela Lugosi, the Gabor sisters and Drew Barrymore, among others.
But Szabo’s mission to the City of Angels was not to talk film. He came to push investment and trade, and during his mission stopped by The Times to share his views on these and other...