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

Political

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s interview with Welt am Sonntag

March 3, 2019

Prime Minister, we Germans have a great deal to thank Hungary for in relation to the opening of its border in 1989. We are grateful to Hungary, but the road that Hungary is travelling along today fills many Germans with apprehension. How did it happen that our paths diverged so much, or that we came to be moving in different directions?

The gratitude for what happened in1989 is mutual. In a geopolitical sense German unity was a precondition for Hungarian freedom. Therefore in 1990 support for German unification was proportionally higher among Hungarians than it was among…

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March 7, 2019

Media

In yet another double standard, Brussels questions media freedom in Hungary

By Andrea Bocskor

The Hungarian media situation featured on the agenda of the latest session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT). During the course of the meeting, several members of the Committee observed that the media situation in Hungary is much more favorable than in many other EU member states. However, none of these countries are subjected to the same kind of criticism that Hungary must endure. Why is that?

As I pointed out, in Hungary – unlike in Slovakia and Malta – journalists are not murdered, but we don’t hear the same intensity of concerns about…

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February 26, 2019

Family policy

All you need to know about the latest in Hungary’s pro-family policy

In his recent State of the Nation speech, Prime Minister Orbán announced seven, new points that would expand the government’s family support policy, a bold set of measures aimed at correcting Hungary’s demographic course. While birth numbers are declining all over Europe, Hungary is pursuing an alternative path to reverse the negative trends, one that does not rely on immigration. Here are the details.

 As the reader knows, a fertility rate of 2.1 is required for a society to maintain its population at a stable level. Today, the average fertility rate among EU countries stands at 1.6, while Hungarian statistics…

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February 19, 2019