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Why is it so hard to call Castro what he really was – a “brutal dictator”

The European Commission has stated that the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a “hero for many”, suggesting that labeling him a dictator did not reflect their views. It seems that whitewashing the record of communist dictators has become official policy in Europe.

Fidel Castro was vilified around the world, feared by many and played a complicit role in a missile crisis that brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war. Why then did Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker say that Castro was “one of the historic figures of the past century” and that “the world…

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András Gyürk December 5, 2016

Political

Never forget echoes across Europe 15 years after 9/11

Even today, it remains difficult to overstate the impact of the attack on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. It fundamentally changed our societies, our sense of security and our freedom. Since that dark day fifteen years ago, a plague of heinous violence has claimed many innocent lives, and Islamic terrorism has expanded its cowardly campaign in Europe.

Madrid, London, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Nice. The list of cities grows and the victim toll rises. These acts of violence tear at our communities and attack the foundations of our culture based on freedom.

Fortunately, some of us have resolved to respond….

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András Gyürk September 12, 2016

European People's Party

Turning 40, Looking Sharp: Happy Birthday, EPP

An old friend and our political family, the European People’s Party, turned 40 years old this week. European conservatives from all over Europe celebrated its conservative founding fathers, their wisdom and thoughtfulness in Luxembourg on Monday. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that Europe’s largest political group, the EPP, is the force that has the courage to be brave and outspoken in answering today’s toughest challenges.

Without the EPP, Orbán said, the Soviet Union would not have disintegrated in the 20th century and communism would not have fallen. He said that, without the EPP, Hungary would never have become a…

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András Gyürk June 4, 2016

Political

Hungary’s Constitution, the Fundamental Law, Turns Five

On Monday, the Hungarian Parliament celebrated the five-year anniversary of the passage of Hungary’s first democratic constitution, the Fundamental Law. It has become an example to Member States and EU institutions about how to work together proactively and efficiently, and has weathered more than its fair share of political storms. But that’s not the only European aspect we are pleased to celebrate.

Hungary was the last of the “new” EU Member States to replace its outdated constitution, dating from 1949 and rewritten in 1989, while Soviet troops still occupied the country. The previous constitution never had legitimacy because it was…

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József Szájer April 28, 2016

Political

Interview: “Europe Has Been Destroyed by Liberals”

In an interview with the Hungarian daily Magyar Idők, MEP András Gyürk says that Europe is facing a deep crisis and liberal dogmas have failed. The head of the Fidesz Delegation to the European Parliament said that times are changing in Europe and the pressure of political correctness is easing. Hungary’s experience and practices may be significant when the new direction is defined.

The following is an English-language version of the interview. The original Hungarian-language interview is available here.

Magyar Idők:Over the past year, we have seen events of historical significance in Europe. Where is the continent heading?
András Gyürk:…

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András Gyürk December 17, 2015

Political

After Paris, Security is the First Priority

After such a tragedy, the first words are often about shock and sorrow for the victims. Inevitably, what soon follows is a discussion about what should be done to prevent it from happening again.

Communities around the world gathered for candlelight vigils to honor the victims of the November 13th terror attack in Paris and to express solidarity with their grieving families and a nation in shock. Residents of Budapest placed candles in front of the French embassy and Saint Stephen’s Basilica on Saturday evening.
The government declared Sunday a national day of mourning and on Monday, the parliament began its session…

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András Gyürk November 26, 2015

Political

Hungarian Solidarity: Tents, Beds and Armed Forces to Aid Slovenia

Despite reports to the contrary, we do indeed have a sense of solidarity here among the Member States on the EU’s southeastern frontier. As they say, in hard times you recognize who your friends are—those who try to help.

In case you missed it, earlier this month, Hungarian policemen departed to Slovenia to help Hungary’s southwestern neighbor manage the migrant influx, as AP reported. Those who were selected to participate in this mission from the many applicants were sent with clear guidance by Hungarian Minister of Interior Pintér to help their Slovenian colleagues in maintaining order and preventing crime.
The next…

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András Gyürk November 24, 2015

Editorial

Nations Make Europe, Families Make Nations, Children Make Families

There is only one way out of this crisis: increasing the birth rate while also recognizing and aiding families who are raising children. This is the only way we can preserve Europe’s role in the world. 

from the Budapest Demographic Forum, November 5-7

“We Hungarians believe that children magnify the strength of their parents and the strength of the family,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, “and a generation of children magnify the strength of a nation, a whole country, and, finally, our entire civilisation.” The prime minister was addressing the

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Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz November 12, 2015