Christianity

Make a breach in the wall of indifference

The welcome speech was addressed by Fidesz MEP György Hölvényi at the 2nd International Conference on Persecuted Christians on November 26, 2019.

Madame Anita, Eminence, Excellencies, Minister!

We have heard great greetings and analyses in recent hours. For the second time, you, Hungarian people and decision-makers, are meeting in Budapest to discuss ways to help Christians in need and Christian persecution at a world conference. Why do we do this together, without consideration of time or energy?

1. It is good to be together, to strengthen each other. Much has happened in the world in recent years in regard to persecuted Christians….

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November 28, 2019

Media

The liberal elite is forming a new aristocracy

Liberalism has become a victim of its own success, says American political scientist Patrick Deneen, who said in an interview that Hungary was regarded as a positive example by US conservative intellectuals, primarily because of the government’s family policy measures. The professor at the University of Notre Dame came to Hungary to attend the presentation of the Hungarian edition of his book, “Why Liberalism Failed.”

The basic idea of your book is that liberalism is in crisis because it has actually triumphed. How should this be understood?

Many people identify liberalism with the modern definition of freedom as the absence of…

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November 20, 2019

Commemoration

Tamás Deutsch: 1956 was about the supremacy of justice and freedom

“The history of the Hungarian ’56 was one of the most important and beautiful events of the difficult and ruthless 20th century. Its message is clear and unambiguous, not only to Hungarians, but also to the whole world: It is about the supremacy of justice and freedom,” said Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch in Brussels.

“The 4th of November is one of the saddest days in the calendar of the Hungarian nation, as it broke Hungarians’ dreams of freedom for many decades,” the politician emphasized in his speech at the event of the Hungarian fraction of the EPP Group and the…

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November 6, 2019

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