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

Political

MEP József Szájer’s speech honoring the 10th anniversary of the Antall József wing of the European Parliament in Brussels

Dear Mister President of the Parliament, dear General Secretary, dear Minister, dear Antall Péter, dear Ildikó, dear Klára Asszony, dear Veronika!

Today we remember the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of this building of the European Parliament named after the great European and great Hungarian Christian-Democrat, Antall József. Since I cannot be sure if I will still be around in ten years, or if I will be invited to the next, round-numbered anniversary, I will use this opportunity to say everything I want about Antall József and the building. Do not worry, I try to be brief.

Ten years is a…

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József Szájer April 4, 2019

Commemoration

We must preserve our national cultures and traditions, says Bence Tuzson in Brussels

The State Secretary for Public Service of the Prime Minister’s Office emphasized the importance of the preservation of nations at the commemoration of the 1848-49 Revolution and War for Independence in Brussels.

In 1848, the era required struggle, said State Secretary Bence Tuzson, because a nation would dissolve in an empire if it could not retain its identity.

“The revolutionaries and the freedom fighters have surely agreed on one thing: the fundamental importance of national survival,” he said.

At the event organized on March 15th by the Hungarian delegation of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament and the Magyar Hullám, Bence Tuzson stressed that the war…

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April 3, 2019

Migration

Budapest Summit on Migration

Migration has become a decisive issue in European public life today, drawing new dividing lines in politics and raising essential questions about Europe’s future. Those were some of the recurring themes at the Budapest Summit on Migration, hosted by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium.

Addressing the summit, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called for swift action to be taken on migration and border protection and also called for European unity. “We need to act now,” he said.

The prime minister cited UN data indicating that the population of Africa will rise by half a billion people in 13 years and the gap between…

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April 3, 2019

Migration

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s address at Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s international conference, “Budapest Summit on Migration”

23 March 2019, Budapest

Should we ever want to punish someone in politics, we should do so by making them take the stage after President Sarkozy.

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

I cordially welcome you all. If you allow me, I will speak my native language, Hungarian; not especially because of the audience – because I think they all speak English – but more for the Hungarian public and media. So, please accept it. We wish to thank our foreign guests for coming here. Something like this is a big adventure – You  don’t know how big. You are the guests of…

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March 29, 2019

European People's Party

The Fidesz-EPP relationship: 5 points you should know

There’s been lot of chatter lately in international media about Fidesz’s “suspension” in the European People’s Party (EPP). While we have seen an abundance of different explanations and interpretations of the “conflict”, most of these relied heavily on misinformation and serious factual errors. Here are five key points you should know.

1. No, the EPP did not suspend Fidesz.Following the March 20 EPP meeting in Brussels, most international media outlets reported that Fidesz’ membership had been suspended by the EPP.

As we know, that’s not what happened. In fact, Fidesz decided to voluntarily freeze its membership. As the official resolution says: “The EPP…

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March 28, 2019

Political

Orbán Viktor’s ceremonial speech on the 171st anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1848/49

15 March 2019, Budapest

 

Prime Minister, Fellow Celebrants, Hungarians within and beyond our borders,

The Poles are with us here today. They are with us here again, just as they were always with us: in 1848 and 1849, and then in the twentieth century. Prime Minister, please accept the Hungarian people’s warmest heartfelt wishes. Without Poles, Hungary would not be free today, and Europe could not have been reunified. The Polish people gave us Pope Saint John Paul II, and they also gave us the Solidarity movement. With this you changed the course of history, and we were able to regain…

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March 18, 2019

Europe

You have the right to know: Read the seven points here

You’ve heard about the Hungarian government’s public information campaign, “You have the right to know,” which brings to light the ongoing, pro-migration efforts of European institutions in Brussels. Read for yourself, the seven points:

1. Brussels still wants to adopt obligatory resettlement quotas. Back in 2016, the European Commission presented its first draft on the reform of the Dublin system. According to the proposal, the European Union would adopt an obligatory, automatic resettlement mechanism for immigrants without an upper limit on the number. In fact, the European Parliament even voted on it in 2017. It may seem like the idea…

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March 12, 2019