European People's Party

Look behind the curtain!

Europe is one of the richest and freest regions in the world. It is the talent and enduring diligence of the European people that made her like this. Colossal economic, social and cultural power. As a vanguard of global change for centuries, Europe has demonstrated her capacity for unprecedented and outstanding achievement.

Over the course of the past century the people of Europe – learning from their past tragedies – have demolished the obstacles that would prevent the continent from reaching its full potential. They overthrew the totalitarian dictatorships of national socialists and communists. They established the rule of law,…

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József Szájer January 4, 2018

Editorial

The Hungary debate is about sovereignty, not democracy, says human rights expert

European Parliament hearings on Hungary raise sharp questions about the undefined competencies between the Union and the Member States, according to the head of a leading Hungarian think tank.

The debate is not about democracy or the rule of law but rather about sovereignty, according to Miklós Szánthó, president of the Center for Fundamental Rights. Testifying before the LIBE Committee at a hearing in December, Szánthó said that the heated debate is taking place not only between Brussels and national governments or parliaments but also in the judicial realm, between national constitutional courts – such as the Czech, German and…

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Editorial January 2, 2018

Editorial

MEP Schöpflin: the colonialist arrogance of the liberal elite makes them intolerant

The international liberal elite’s “colonialist arrogance,” said Fidesz MEP György Schöpflin in a recent interview with Hungarian daily Magyar Idők, attempts to stigmatize all other viewpoints as populism. The conservative MEP slammed the superficial approach of certain politicians who lecture their opponents instead of debating them and are intolerant of political views that differ from their own.

“I am certain that the outcome of the ongoing LIBE debates will be nothing more than a new version of the Tavares Report,” Schöpflin said, referring to the latest attempt to apply political pressure on the Orbán Government. “This once again reaffirms…

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December 19, 2017

Editorial

Record numbers make their voices heard on migration in Hungary’s national consultation

More than 2.3 million questionnaires were submitted in Hungary’s latest national consultation on controversial plans to accept and resettle migrants in Europe and Hungary. This is the highest number so far in Hungary’s history of national consultations to give citizens a chance to have their voices heard.

This consultation asked citizens questions focused on the “Soros plan” – the liberal open border approach to migration hallmarked by the father of Open Society Foundations, George Soros. The approach, propagated by left-wing and liberal politicians and governments in Europe is at odds with the Hungarian government’s pro-security approach towards migration so…

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Editorial December 12, 2017

Commemoration

Katalin Novák’s speech on the 61st anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Honorable Commemorators!

My late uncle, István Rásonyi-Papp, was studying to become an architect. He was an enthusiastic, idealist, freedom-loving young man full of plans. In 1950, for ‘subversive behavior,’ he was arrested and taken to Recsk, a small town in northern Hungary, without any judicial proceeding or incriminating charges. There, István and his fellow laborers built the forced labor camp in a stone quarry where they were starved and tortured. The Recsk camp operated until the fall of 1953 when the prisoners, some 1500, mostly educated persons who were held in complete secrecy, were transferred to police custody or sentenced…

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Katalin Novák November 20, 2017

Editorial

The Reformation is ‘a delicate mixture of local and global thought’

In the Reformation, Martin Luther did not want to create a new church but sought far-reaching reforms. What began as a reform movement 500 years ago would eventually influence the entire western world, according to Gergely Prőhle, the national superintendent of the Hungarian Evangelical Church, and played a significant role in bringing about translations of the Bible and contributing foundations to the Enlightenment and the capitalist work ethic.

Speaking at the opening of the “Soli Deo Gloria,” an exhibition sponsored by the Balassi Institute in Brussels to feature the five-century history of the Reformation, Prőhle said that the economic and…

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Editorial November 16, 2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Hungary invites the world to build ‘bridge between the deaf and the hearing’

Addressing the third International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf in Budapest last week, Prime Minister Orbán drew a parallel between the right of the deaf to use sign language and the Hungarian language rights of ethnic minorities in the Carpathian Basin, declaring November 9th the day of Hungarian sign language.

Everyone has the right to use their own languages without limits, the prime minister said, emphasizing that Hungary’s Fundamental Law identifies Hungarian sign language as part of Hungarian culture. In response to a joint initiative put forward by the first deaf member of the Hungarian Parliament, Gergely Tapolcai,…

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Ádám Kósa November 15, 2017

Editorial

The Sargentini report gives us a sense of déjà vu but this time there’s a twist

Under the leadership of Green MEP Judith Sargentini, yet another committee is set to review the “systemic threats to the rule of law” in Hungary as a result of the European Parliament’s decision in May. The civil liberties committee’s work is conspicuous in its timing, appearing just months before the country’s parliamentary elections. We saw a similarly politically charged EP review four years ago in the Tavares Report, but this time, there is a significant and dangerous difference: the document that serves as a basis for the report pushes the pro-migration agenda of billionaire financier George Soros.

This is disturbing…

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Editorial October 19, 2017

European People's Party

Professor Steve Lukes’ letter to MEPs of the European People’s Party

I am gravely concerned about Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s assault on Hungarian democracy, an attack taking place in the heart of the European Community – and within the ranks of your own parliamentary group, the European People’s Party. (Read MEP József Szájer’s response here)

The European People’s Party claims to stand for responsibility, respect, solidarity and justice, and your group’s position paper on the ideal European social model rightly maintains that “populism must be eliminated within the EU.” The EPP’s continued toleration, from within, of a member of the European People’s Party who openly disdains the values the group…

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October 11, 2017

European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part II)

In short, populism encompasses all those questions that certain people don’t want to talk about. It should come as no surprise then that, in our western world, politics, the press and media are suffering a sharp decline in popular trust. I am a democrat. The EPP is a democratic party, and the key to the decades of political success of its member parties – like CDU-CSU, Forza Italia, Les Republicains, Partido Popular or Fidesz – is that they always listen to the people. We haven’t pursued abstract doctrines but represented our voters, designed our policies in a pragmatic manner…

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József Szájer October 9, 2017