“Central Europe has become more powerful and started to make stronger political opinions, which is irritating for many,” Levente Magyar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said at a panel talk on the Globsec forum in Bratislava on Friday.
One of the topics of the talk was “illiberal democracy”. Magyar pointed out that according to the Hungarian opinion, democracy is not automatically liberal, it can be conservative, Christian and still a democracy.
“All of democracy’s criteria can be found in Hungary, but most criteria of liberalism cannot,”
According to Magyar, there is some “bias” against the Visegrad Four countries in the EU, but the region cannot be treated as the “poor Eastern relative” anymore.