Commemoration

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s commemoration speech on the 63rd anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight

Honourable Prime Minister, celebrating Hungarians around the world, within and beyond the borders,

It is worthy and just that, as the closing chord of our national holiday, we should bow our heads to the Revolutionaries of ’56 here, at the Academy of Music. The 1956 Freedom Fight started the way our revolutions usually start. In our revolutions, the fuse would sometimes be lit by the words of a Petőfi or a Sinkovits, a performance by a young virtuoso pianist, a staging of Bánk bán, or the overture to an opera. At the Erkel…

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October 24, 2019

Political

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech at the 28th congress of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union

Honourable Congress, Dear Friends, Honourable Mayor of Budapest,

Thank you for placing your trust in me again. I am honoured. You have elected me as president of the country’s largest and strongest party, and the only party able to form a government. If we include our allies among our number – and I believe we should – we are also Hungary’s oldest political community, with the deepest traditions and the strongest mindset. In light of this, the least I can say is that this is an honour. And I cannot deny that it is also touching. For men like me…

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September 30, 2019

Culture

Change is coming to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Parliament passed today a new bill that will devote significantly more funds to research and modernise what was becoming an obsolete research academy.

Two key points here: Concerning direction and priorities, if the state funds research then it gets to have a say in the priorities. Under these new rules, the government won’t tell the academy what to research or how, but the new management structure will set priorities. Secondly, there are now significantly more resources available for research.

Passed by a vote of 131 for and 53 against, the new legislation aims to modernise an increasingly obsolete, ineffective public body…

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July 10, 2019

Political

Freedom, economy, environment and European values in the focus of the EU’s new strategic agenda

At its June meeting, the European Council set out priority areas and agreed on a new strategic agenda for the EU’s future.

The European Council released on June 20th its agenda for the next five-year term. By setting out priority areas, “A new strategic agenda 2019-2024” establishes a framework for the work of the European Council and provides guidance for other EU institutions.

The agenda focuses on four priority areas:

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June 25, 2019

Europe

Europe is the most peaceful region in the world

Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.

The GPI covers 99.7 percent of the world’s population, measuring peacefulness according to three factors: the level of social safety and security; the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict; and the degree of militarization.

The 2019 GPI report finds that the average level of global peacefulness improved very slightly this year, the first time the index has improved in five years. According to the key findings the Middle East and North African region remained the world’s least peaceful region.

Europe remains the most peaceful region…

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June 21, 2019

Europe

Justice Ministry: Hungary’s courts among best in Europe

The Justice Scoreboard released every year by the European Commission shows trends and reforms in the court systems of Member States. In the latest edition, Hungarian courts are now ranked among Europe’s most efficient.

For monitoring justice reforms and their impact in Member States since 2013, the EU Justice Scoreboard (also know simply as the “Scoreboard”) presents an annual overview of indicators with relevance for the independence, quality and efficiency of justice, essential parameters of an effective justice system; and serves as an inspiration to EU governments, highlighting positive and negative trends in the judiciary.

The 2019 edition further develops the…

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June 12, 2019

EP Elections

After the European Parliamentary Elections: What’s next?

Over 200 million European citizens voted in the European Parliamentary elections that took place May 23-26, raising voter turnout from what was only 42.61 percent in 2014 to 51 percent this year. The new parliament will convene in its first plenary session July 2.

Prior to that first plenary session, the parliamentary political groups will hold their constitutive meetings. A political group must consist of at least 25 MEPs elected in at least one-quarter of the member states and have to notify the outgoing President of the Parliament of their formation by July 1 in order to be officially…

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June 3, 2019

Media

Freedom of speech and censorship in the 21st century

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends!

In my opening speech, I would like to defy the confining standards of political correctness, and take advantage of my freedom of thought, expression and speech.

In my speech, I would like to talk about the falsehood that there is only one Europe and only one European model of democracy; the political impotence showed by the West during the regime change following the fall of communism; the lack of understanding of the West towards Central and Eastern European countries; and attacks on freedom of the press from a relentless, liberal political activism. I would like…

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April 19, 2019

EP Elections

PM Orbán on the EP Elections: Europe’s future is at stake

The campaign for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections officially kicked off with a rally in downtown Budapest led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Minister of Justice László Trócsányi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and MEP József Szájer.

“Will Europe remain European or will we give way to the masses coming from other cultures?” PM Orbán Viktor asked in his speech, adding that “we will decide whether we protect our Christian European culture or give way to multiculturalism.”  The prime minister also presented his seven-point action plan to be set in motion after the elections, which calls for…

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April 18, 2019

Political

Speech by Viktor Orbán at the launch event for the Fidesz – KDNP European Parliament election programme

5 April 2019, Budapest

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen

As I see it I’m the odd one out, because the people who’ve spoken before me are experts in what they spoke about. Even our justice minister, who doesn’t seem at first sight to fit into that category, was an ambassador in Brussels for several years, so he can be classified as a foreign affairs expert. József Szájer is the leader of our parliamentary group in Brussels, and Péter is our foreign affairs minister. Which means I’m the odd man out. So why am I being given the chance to speak?

Dear Friends,…

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April 8, 2019