In a keynote speech, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that every European country has the right to protect its Christian culture and the traditional family model, as well as the right to reject immigration.
Addressing a forum at the 29th Balvanyos Summer University in Baile Tusnad (Tusnadfurdo), in central Romania, on Saturday, Orban set out five principles that were necessary for central Europe to occupy a “worthy place” in Europe.
The Hungarian PM said every European country had the right to protect its Christian culture and to reject “the ideology of multiculturalism”. Also, the traditional family model and the principle that “every child has the right to a mother and a father” must be upheld, he said. Further, central European countries have the right to protect their nationally strategic sectors and markets. Orban said, moreover, that countries have a fundamental right to defend their borders and to reject immigration.
The principle of “one nation, one vote” on the most important issues should be insisted upon, he said, adding that this principle cannot be bypassed in the EU. “We central Europeans hold that there is life beyond globalisation and that central Europe follows the path of an alliance of free nations,” the prime minister said.
Orban declared that immigration would be the single serious issue in next year’s European parliamentary elections. He insisted that liberal democracy had been turned on its head and had become a “liberal non-democracy”. The Hungarian PM linked the outcome of the EP elections to the fate of its leadership, saying that when European citizens decide on the issue of immigration, they will have also passed judgement on the European elite and whether it has handled immigration properly.
Orban said the European elite was nervous because the outcome of Hungary’s election augured the possibility of a Europe-wide transformation, and the “Soros Plan” could stop in its tracks accordingly. European ambitions to create a post-Christian and post-national bloc may get stuck, he added. Orban said Europe’s elite was exclusively a liberal one that would become bankrupted. “Liberal democracy has turned into a liberal non-democracy.” “There is liberalism but there is no democracy,” he said, adding that this assertion was supported by a general tendency in western Europe to curb freedom of expression and introduce censorship.
The prime minister said that after eight successive years of a Fidesz government, in the April general election it received a two-thirds majority and with it “authorisation to build a new era”. The process of Hungarian unification has now turned into one of nation-building, he added. Hungarians have shown they are able to understand complex situations, he said. “If need be, we have the will to decide on our destiny and move as a nation.” “From Szeklerland, I can say that Hungarians from beyond the border have stood up for Hungarians of the motherland,” he said, adding that every vote was an undertaking of responsibility for Hungary.
He said Fidesz’s two-thirds majority won in 2010 had entitled government to build a new system with a Hungarian model for the economy and a new constitutional order based on national and Christian foundations. In 2014, it was similarly endorsed to stabilise this system, he added. Following the outcome of this year’s election, Orban said it was time to build a new era and to embed the political system into this new cultural era. “A new intellectual and cultural approach is needed,” he said.
Based on this stability, the government has set goals that could only have been dreamed of in the past, Orban said. He declared that by 2030 Hungary would be among the top five countries in the EU for quality of life. Further, it will have stopped its declining population, he said. Motorways will have reached all its border and it will have created energy independence, he continued, adding that will have built up its defence forces.
Meanwhile, Orban outlined rebuilding the Carpathian Basin as one of Hungary’s most important tasks. “The era of a hundred years of Hungarian solitude has come to an end. We are strong again, we are determined, we are brave, we have strength, we have the money, we have resources.” He added that Hungary had shown to its neighbours in recent years that “whoever works with the Hungarians does well”.
Orban called on neighbouring countries to build high-speed rail and motorway connections, to link their energy networks, and coordinate their defence policies and military developments. “Mutual respect is needed,” he said. Orban declared that Hungarians of the Carpathian Basin had passed a psychological threshold when the millionth ethnic Hungarian reclaimed citizenship.
Fidesz won’t leave the EPP
At the Q and A, Orban said loyalty was important and Fidesz wanted to contest the European parliamentary elections as part of the European People’s Party. He noted, however, that the EPP contained parties with views that were far apart and bridging them would be “extremely hard” to do.
Fidesz represents the EPP’s Christian Democratic platform, he said, adding “we can be strong” by combining their forces together even at the cost of making internal compromises.
Talking about regional matters, the prime minister insisted that Serbia, just like Montenegro, “belonged” to central Europe rather than to the Balkans. Hungary, he said, must do everything possible to ensure they can join the European Union as soon as possible.
Asked whether support for Hungary’s ruling parties had peaked, Orban said he calculated that between 63 and 65 percent of voters had taken part in some sort of “joint action” in the past and would consider voting for the Fidesz-led alliance in the future.
Meanwhile, the prime minister said the government was bound to consider both the motherland and the entire nation when it came to policymaking and nation-building. He said this is why the government had launched an economic development programme which encompasses the national community in Transylvania, too, and he pledged to continue it. He added that it was also in Hungary’s interest that Romania should be strong and stable.
Source and photo: MTI