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In his regular slot on public radio, Prime Minister Orbán spoke about the importance of a collective defense against the coronavirus, the link between the epidemic and illegal migration, the national consultation and Hungary’s improving employment figures.
Prime Minister Orbán said in his regular interview on Kossuth Rádió that while the crisis keeps growing in neighboring countries, Hungary’s defense has proven to be effective. Besides the coronavirus, the PM touched upon the state of Hungary’s economy and spoke briefly about incoming EU funds.
After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, from one day to the next, the tourism sector collapsed worldwide. But with the largest economic protection package in its history, the Hungarian government has done everything in its power to provide the support needed to relaunch tourism here at home.
According to the finance minister, the 2021 budget is all about securing support for families, respecting pensioners and preserving and creating jobs. And it’s set to do all of this, and more, despite the epidemiological crisis.
Eines dieser Konzepte – ein fortschrittliches, liberal-linkes, halbmarxistisches Konzept – kommt aus Westeuropa, sagte Ministerpräsident Orbán. Es gibt jedoch noch ein anderes: das Konzept eines Europas, das auf christlicher Kultur, familienfreundlicher Politik und jenem Verständnis beruht, dass die nationale Identität ein Wert ist, der bewahrt werden muss.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about Hungary’s economic recovery, the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming EU summit, and Wednesday’s “Europe Uncensored” online conference.
One of these concepts — a progressive, liberal-leftist, semi-Marxist concept — is coming from Western Europe, Prime Minister Orbán said. There is, however, another one, a concept of Europe based on Christian culture, pro-family policies and the understanding that national identity is a value that needs to be preserved.
“We must resist the pressure to allow people into the country without proper controls,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this morning. The PM also said that Central Europe is ready to help the southern member states in the current economic crisis.
In einer Rede heute Morgen während der Vereidigungszeremonie von Polizisten und Katastrophenschutzbeamten sagte Premierminister Orbán, dass die Ehre der Offiziere in Uniform in einigen Ländern in Frage gestellt wird, Ungarn jedoch kein solches Land sein will.
Katalin Novák, state secretary for Family and Youth Affairs, said the Hungarian government wants to support couples who decide to have children so that having children doesn’t put them at a financial disadvantage versus those who have none.
Von den 13 Fragen im Fragebogen der Nationalen Konsultation, die an ungarische Haushalte gesendet wurde, betreffen sieben die Coronavirus-Epidemie, die möglichen Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung einer potenziellen zweiten Viruswelle und die neuen Schritte zur Aufrechterhaltung der epidemiologischen Bereitschaft im Falle einer nächsten Krise.
In a speech this morning during the swearing-in ceremony of police and disaster management officers, Prime Minister Orbán said that while the honor of officers in uniform is being questioned in some countries, Hungary will not be such a country.
Among a series of other steps to protect the economy and help Hungarian families get by during the epidemic, the Hungarian government instructed the tax authority to exercise leniency concerning tax-discount applications made as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Thanks to these measures, Hungarian families have, according to a state secretary from the Ministry of Finance, saved Hungarians more than HUF 62 billion so far.
Out of the 13 questions in the national consultation questionnaire sent to Hungarian households, seven concern the coronavirus epidemic, possible measures to tackle a potential second wave of the virus, and new steps to help maintain epidemiological preparedness should a next crisis occur.
“If the epidemic does return,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his first interview since lifting the state of emergency, “we will not hesitate to take the necessary legal and economic steps in order to save people’s lives.”
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) might not agree with the tools we put in place in 2017, but its latest ruling only shows that Hungary’s goal of increasing the transparency of NGO finances is, in fact, legitimate.
Ab Montag werden in Ungarn an jeden Haushalt Fragebögen für die ungarische Nationale Konsultation verschickt, dies betrifft rund 7,8 Millionen Menschen. Dies ist die achte Nationale Konsultation seit der ersten vor fast zehn Jahren im September 2010. Was als an Rentner adressierte Briefe begann, in dem sie um ihre Meinung gebeten wurden, ist zu einer der wirksamen Methoden der ungarischen Regierung geworden, die Öffentlichkeit zu konsultieren, bevor wichtige politische Entscheidungen getroffen werden.
Mitten in der Coronavirus-Pandemie wurden die Wähler möglicherweise mit einem der unangenehmsten Versuche der ungarischen linken Opposition konfrontiert, falsche Nachrichten zu produzieren. Natürlich konnte die Opposition niemanden täuschen, außer vielleicht der Financial Times, aber es zeigt, dass es Leute gibt, die alles tun würden, um der Orbán-Regierung zu schaden.
Prime Minister Orbán met with his Slovak counterpart, Igor Matovič, on Friday in Budapest. In the joint press conference that followed, the two leaders discussed economic ties, the future of Hungarians in Slovakia and a friendly understanding on the question of Trianon.
In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, voters may have faced one of the most unpleasant attempts to produce fake news by Hungary’s left-wing opposition. Of course they couldn’t fool anyone, except maybe the Financial Times, but it does show that there are people who would do anything to damage the Orbán government.
Beginning on Monday, questionnaires for Hungary’s national consultation are going out to every household in the country, some 7.8 million. This is the eighth national consultation since the first one nearly ten years ago, in September 2010. What began as a letter to pensioners asking for their opinions has become one of the Hungarian government’s effective methods for consulting the public before making important policy decisions.
Speaking at a Visegrád Four summit in Prague yesterday, Prime Minister Orbán said that although it goes directly against Hungarians’ philosophical convictions about money, an extraordinary situation requires an extraordinary solution. Hungary is therefore willing to accept and welcome the initiative to jointly take out loans at the EU level.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Rádió, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the upcoming steps for Hungary’s continued defense against the virus, the state of the economy and his view on the EU’s plan to take on loans via perpetual bonds.
The Operational Group continues to perform its duties, collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis, said Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss; meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller added that the epidemic has reached a dormant phase.
The Operational Group reported that there are only 10 new confirmed coronavirus infections in Hungary. In addition, according to the statistics, Hungary’s infection and death rates are still quite favorable.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, CMO Cecília Müller revealed the latest coronavirus figures from Hungary. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss spoke about the easing of border-crossing rules with select countries.
At today’s Operational Group presser, officials reported that 41 percent of active infections are in Budapest and there is no evidence that coronavirus will go away when hot weather arrives this summer.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller discussed the probability of a second wave of coronavirus and said that although opinions on the subject vary, the virus is likely to “stay among us.” Meanwhile, the government is preparing new decisions to be announced on Thursday.
The Hungarian government has been doing everything it can to help the country’s economy return to growth. And we’re doing it as we always have: by focusing on jobs. In all the international coverage about Hungary and the Orbán Government’s extraordinary measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, this was the great unreported story.
Auf der heutigen Pressekonferenz haben der ukrainische Außenminister Dmytro Kuleba und der ungarische Minister für auswärtige Angelegenheiten und Handel Péter Szijjártó ein Protokoll zur Änderung des Abkommens zwischen der ungarischen Regierung und der ukrainischen Regierung unterzeichnet, in dem ein Rahmen für die finanzielle Zusammenarbeit sowie eine Absichtserklärung über Energieeffizienz festgelegt wurden, der die erneuerbaren Energien und die alternativen Kraftstoffe betrifft.
“We are constantly analyzing foreign and domestic data and striving to compare Hungarian data with other countries in the world to prepare for the next wave,” Cecília Müller reported today at the Operational Group presser.
In seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen im Radio Kossuth erörterte Premierminister Viktor Orbán die Ergebnisse der letzten zehn Regierungsjahre und die erfolgreiche Strategie Ungarns zur Seuchenabwehr. Er sprach auch über die nächsten Nationalen Konsultationen und den 750-Milliarden-Euro-Plan der Europäischen Kommission.
At today’s press conference, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó signed a protocol amending the agreement between the Government of Hungary and the Government of Ukraine, establishing a Framework for Financial Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding concerning energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuels.
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the results of the last ten years of government and Hungary’s successful epidemic defense strategy. He also spoke about the next national consultations and the European Commission’s EUR 750 billion plan.
Outdoor cultural and sports events can be held again and hotels can reopen, but people must continue to practice social distancing, officials announced at today’s Coronavirus Operational Group presser. They also reported that the data show that those who have had the disease should remain protected against the virus for a long time.
“Hungary has managed to control the spread of the virus, and it is one of the few countries where a period of large-scale illness did not occur,” said Gergely Gulyás today at the Government Info briefing. After the summits on Monday and Wednesday, the government discussed the 2021 budget and bills concerning life after the coronavirus.
CMO Cecília Müller said that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary per 100,000 inhabitants is 39, while this figure for Budapest stands at 103. With 22 new confirmed cases, the total number of infected grew to 3793. 1856 have recovered from COVID-19 so far.
Hungary’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has attracted a curious amount of media attention over the last couple months. The coverage has been dominated by biased, critical voices that have had a loose relationship with the facts. It’s time to set the record straight and see where those reports went wrong. Let’s talk about the Coronavirus Protection Act.
Besides wage subsidies, the government has allocated HUF 80 billion to create 70,000 jobs; meanwhile, foreign investors need permission from the ITM minister to acquire ownership in strategic Hungarian companies.
CMO Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that Hungary’s coronavirus figures are “very favorable,” as there are now more people who have recovered from the virus than the number of active coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, András Tállai, Deputy Minister at the Finance Ministry, said that the most critical part of the most recent Economy Protection Action Plan was the moratorium on loan repayments.
“In terms of the number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, we are doing far better than the countries of Western Europe,” István Vályi-Nagy, Director of the South-Pest Central Hospital, said during today’s Operational Group press conference. Meanwhile, Vályi-Nagy warned that the epidemic is not over yet and is only in decline.
At today's Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, the State Secretary for Tax Affairs at the Ministry of Finance talked about the economic measures and tax benefits the government has provided companies. Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller drew attention to the flattening of the epidemic curve.
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the results of Hungary’s successful epidemic defense strategy and the country’s next economic steps. He also talked about Brussels’ immigration policy and how it harms the interests of member states, possibly leading to their plunder.
At today's Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that it is not yet possible to say how the next stage of the coronavirus infection will develop, therefore epidemiological preparedness must be maintained. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reiterated the new regulations that now apply to entering Hungary.
The transit zone will be abolished, and in the future, asylum seekers will be able to submit their applications in neighboring countries, said Minister Gergely Gulyás at today’s Government Info press conference.
In terms of the number people infected with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, Hungary is in a good spot in Europe, said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at the Coronavirus Operational Group’s press conference earlier today. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss revealed that the police are in “continuous dialogue” with neighboring countries’ authorities so that we can gradually return to ordinary border-crossing procedures.
The International Press Institute, a media watchdog, is concerned about Hungary’s press freedom – again. Of course they are, because they talked exclusively to left-liberal sources. Their report contains nothing from a conservative journalist. Yet they call themselves “independent.”
In the past two weeks, more than 2,700 companies have applied to the government’s wage subsidy program, saving tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to spread the fastest in Budapest.
Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that there are now 1,673 active coronavirus cases in Hungary, which means that 1,400 have already recovered from the disease. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reiterated the new regulations that now apply to Budapest.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, officials discussed the economic situation and the reopening of Budapest as well as the affects of the virus on those suffering from various underlying conditions.
I’ll tell you what the international critics won’t be talking about this week. They won’t be talking about the independence of the judiciary in Hungary, although this court decision is clearly proof of that.
The State Secretary for Tax Affairs attended today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference to speak about the tax simplification and tax return measures. Meanwhile, the chief medical officer drew attention to the current presence of the coronavirus and declining numbers.
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the possibility of lifting restrictions in Budapest, the government’s job creation programs, transit zones, the court ruling on the case concerning the Roma community in Gyöngyöspata, and the decision handed down yesterday by the European Court of Justice concerning migration and border protection.
Minister Gulyás announced that current rules remain in force in the countryside, but movement restrictions in Pest County will be eased to the level of the countryside, with a decision on Budapest expected later this week.
Sándor Bodó, State Secretary for Employment at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, attended today’s Operational Group press conference to speak about the details of the government’s wage support program and job creation plan. Meanwhile, the chief medical officer said that recent coronavirus figures are a reason for hope.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group presser, officials said that the government will discuss the possible relaxation of current movement restrictions this Wednesday and also reported that the National Public Health Center’s lab passed the PCR test flawlessly.
In seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen gegenüber dem Kossuth Rádió sprach Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán von der Bedeutung einer immer stärkeren arbeitsbasierten Wirtschaft, von der Pflicht der Regierung, Arbeitsplätze zu schaffen sowie vom anhaltenden Kampf um das Überleben der Nationalstaaten.
Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that despite a period when the number of infected grew rapidly, this period did not last long due to effective measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus.
The government has created 1 million jobs over the last 10 years, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology Tamás Schanda said, adding that Hungary will adhere to its policy of job creation and create as many jobs as the coronavirus destroys. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Róbert Kiss reported an increase in police actions in Budapest and the surrounding Pest County during last week.
At today’s press conference, members of the Coronavirus Operational Group reported that they have been monitoring the new measures introduced on Monday and that any lifting of restrictions can only take place under strict rules.
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the importance of creating an ever stronger work-based economy, the duty of the government to create jobs, and the ongoing battle for the survival of nation-states.
Freedom House has just released its latest edition of Nations in Transit, its annual ranking of countries in former communist eastern Europe and Eurasia. They call it a “comprehensive, comparative, and multidimensional” study that provides “in-depth” data. The title of this year’s edition: Dropping the Democratic Façade.
At today’s press conference, members of the Coronavirus Operational Group reported that they have been monitoring the new measures introduced on Monday and have found that strict restrictions need to be maintained in Budapest. Meanwhile, the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining for two days in a row.
Press is reporting today that the government of Spain will impose controls on information distributed to the public. The European Post writes that the country’s security forces have announced their intention to control public information “in order to minimize this critical climate aimed at the government’s action.”
Today’s Operational Group press conference was attended by Zoltán Maruzsa, state secretary for Education at the Ministry of Human Capacities, who spoke about the commencement of this year’s high school final exams tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss said that the total number of actions taken by police due to the coronavirus epidemic has topped 40,000 this weekend.
The moratorium on loan repayments, as a part of Hungary’s economic protection measures, is unique in the world, said Gábor Sion, state secretary of finance, at today’s Operational Group press conference.
The World Justice Project thought it was a good time to issue another grave warning about the imminent death of Hungarian democracy at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Was this an example of independent experts sounding alarm bells or of ideologically motivated social engineering? Let us take a look at the vaunted World Justice Project.
A strict schedule and a gradual pace. This is how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán described the upcoming period on his regular morning interview on Kossuth Radio. Aside from the domestic situation, he also spoke about the current international turmoil.
Following PM Orbán’s announcement last night that Hungary can now begin a gradual return to normal life and business, Minister Gergely Gulyás today provided details on how the country will move forward with the second phase of its coronavirus defense. He noted some economic stimuli for tourists this summer and also had some direct words for the local opposition and Donald Tusk.
Today’s briefing by the Coronavirus Operational Group covered ongoing inspections at homes for the elderly, news that commanders will start their work managing senior homes with more than 200 residents, and a reminder that people should continue following all remaining measures after restrictions are eased.
Prime Minister Orbán announced this evening that Hungary has reached the second phase of its defense against the coronavirus. With this next stage, we can slowly restart our lives and relaunch the economy.
A good, independent country ranking should paint an objective picture of countries. These rankings can be interesting and useful, except when they’re politically driven and biased like the 2020 report issued recently by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, Zoltán Maruzsa, state secretary for Public Education, spoke about the measures introduced for this year’s matriculation exams, while Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller talked about the monitoring of nursing homes.
Tamás Schanda, deputy minister and parliamentary state secretary at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, attended today’s Operational Group press conference, where he explained the methodology behind the government’s wage support program meant to counter the negative economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary grew to 2,583, while 280 have succumbed to the epidemic thus far. At the Operational Group’s regular press conference, officials spoke about incoming shipments of protective gear, police actions against those violating movement restrictions, a new form of treatment, and the success of the free parking policy. Cecília Müller also explained how to wear masks properly.
On Friday afternoon, the EUObserver published a text I wrote in response to a polemical OpEd that they published on Thursday, written by Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth under the sensational title, “Stopping the authoritarian rot in Europe.” The editor finally got back to me on Monday. The explanation he gave is astonishing. But I'll get to that in a moment.
At today’s press conference, Hungary’s Coronavirus Operational Group discussed new protective gear shipments to elderly homes, education and exams in these extraordinary times, and the latest figures for criminal proceedings and compulsory home quarantine. Cecília Müller also revealed that 50 percent of all hospital beds have been successfully freed up in preparation for the peak of the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer revealed that human resources are currently being secured to meet requirements in preparation for the estimated May 3 peak of the epidemic. More than 1,000 have applied as volunteers, while 13,000 have applied for special training.
This is the way their network operates. Project Syndicate, funded by the Open Society Foundation, claimed yesterday in a new article that Hungary’s “new law endangers the lives of many Hungarians by empowering the government to limit drastically information about the management of the virus.”
In seinem Radiointerview heute Morgen sprach Ministerpräsident Orbán über die laufenden Vorbereitungen des Landes für das Worst-Case-Szenario der Coronavirus-Epidemie. Er merkte an, dass weiterhin Vorräte zur Bekämpfung des Virus ankommen, dass die Krankenhäuser streng verwaltet werden müssen, und dass die Regierung den größten Wirtschaftsschutzplan in der Geschichte Ungarns vorbereitet hat.
In his radio interview this morning, Prime Minister Orbán spoke about the country’s ongoing preparations for the worst-case scenario in the coronavirus epidemic. He noted that supplies continue to arrive to fight the virus, that hospital management must be kept tight, and that the government has prepared the biggest economic protection plan in Hungary’s history.
Hungary may have been the first country to realize how coronavirus-related misinformation could put people’s lives at risk, but it surely won’t be the last, as leaders around the world now start to recognize the gravity of the threat.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss announced the deportation of 11 Iranian citizens. In addition, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that all available hospital beds will be published on the internet and all elderly homes will be inspected.
Just imagine! That’s deeply concerning. An “information police state.” Right here in the “heart of Europe.” I had no idea until I learned just how grave the situation is by reading it… in the free and lively Hungarian press.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reported that a significant amount of equipment had arrived at Liszt Ferenc Airport on Tuesday. He also spoke about proceedings against a quarantine violator as well as the government’s decision to send more than 10 Iranians home due to their violent behavior at South Pest Central Hospital.
All medication used to relieve symptoms is available, said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at today’s Operational Group press conference. She was joined today by Minister of Agriculture István Nagy who spoke about measures being taken to provide relief to those working in the agricultural sector.
Alle Medikamente zur Linderung der Symptome sind verfügbar, sagte die ungarische Landeschefärztin Cecília Müller auf der heutigen Pressekonferenz des Operativstabes. Zu ihr gesellte sich heute Landwirtschaftsminister István Nagy, der über jene Maßnahmen sprach, die ergriffen wurden, um die Beschäftigten im Agrarsektor zu entlasten.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, the chief medical officer called extraordinary attention to the urgent need to follow the rules. State Secretary for Public Education Zoltán Maruzsa also announced the new, suggested system for graduation exams, and Colonel Lakatos noted that hospitals are receiving a continuous supply of equipment.
At today’s Operational Group press conference Katalin Novák, state secretary for Family, Youth and International Affairs, reinforced the government’s support for families, while Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss announced numerous proceedings against parties for fake news and fraud.
No surprise that the far-left British newspaper The Guardian dislikes the national conservatism of Prime Minister Orbán, but their criticism borders on obsession and their articles are frequently riddled with serious factual errors. Here’s a brief overview of ten long years of biased reporting.
At the Coronavirus Operational Group’s daily press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller called attention to the fact that without following the orders in place, Budapest may become a focal point for the epidemic in Hungary.
This time, it’s a former Finnish ambassador to Budapest offering lessons on democracy and rule of law in a piece published by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund that operates under the Finnish Parliament and where Petri Tuomi-Nikula is listed as a “Senior Adviser, Democratic Renovation.”
In einer kurzen Video-Erklärung im öffentlichen Fernsehen kündigte Premierminister Orbán den Start von fünf neuen Programmen zum Schutz der ungarischen Wirtschaft an. „Wir werden so viele Arbeitsplätze schaffen, wie die Epidemie zerstört“, sagte er.
In a brief video statement on public television, Prime Minister Orbán announced the launch of five new programs focused on protecting Hungary’s economy. “We will create as many jobs as the epidemic destroys,” he said.
At today’s Operational Group presser, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police, said that “with the advent of warm weather, more and more residents are tending to violate the rules.” He added that on Sunday alone the police issued 574 warnings, imposed 24 fines and launched 16 legal proceedings.
There are 733 confirmed cases of coronavirus nationwide, but Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that the greatest risk of a large-scale infection looms large in Budapest, as most cases have been encountered in the capital and the surrounding Pest County. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss of the Hungarian Police said that the growing number of movement restriction violations signals that citizens are “losing their patience.”
“It has been 22 days since the emergency was declared, and the protection of human life remains paramount,” Gergely Gulyás said. “The budget provides unlimited coverage for defense against the virus; all financial resources are available,” he added.
Articles and opinions criticizing Hungary’s rule of law are not based on facts and misinterpret both the state of emergency measures and the aim of the Coronavirus Bill. A state of emergency was declared in Hungary only to protect the health and lives of its citizens and to enable the authorities to take effective measures.
In seinem gewohnten Radiointerview erörterte Premierminister Orbán heute Morgen die mögliche Ausweitung der Ausgangsbeschränkungen, die eventuellen Vorbereitungen für eine Verbreitung der Infektion in großem Umfang und einen neuen Plan zur Belebung der Wirtschaft. Er dankte auch allen, die derzeit an der vordersten Front kämpfen, und kündigte an, dass die Beschäftigten im Gesundheitswesen einen Bonus von 500.000 HUF erhalten werden.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Cecília Müller said that more densely populated areas have higher infection rates, but patients can be found in all counties throughout Hungary. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss said that more and more are violating compulsory home quarantine and putting the country’s defense against the virus at risk.
During his regular morning radio interview, Prime Minister Orbán discussed the possible extension of movement restrictions, preparations for large-scale infection, and a new economic recovery plan. He also thanked all those currently fighting on the frontline, announcing that healthcare workers will receive a bonus of HUF 500,000.
At today’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that the number of confirmed cases is continuously increasing and people should do everything possible to prevent further infections.
At the Coronavirus Operational Group’s press conference on Wednesday, officials discussed new supplies of protective gear, the efficiency of the imposed movement restrictions and the general coronavirus trend in Hungary.
At today’s press conference for Hungary's Coronavirus Operational Group, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that more information will be provided about those who have died from coronavirus. She also reiterated that the number of infected people is definitely higher than the number of confirmed cases.
“We are still in the state of cluster infections,” Cecília Müller, Hungary’s Chief Medical Officer, said at today’s Operational Group press conference, adding that the current restrictions on movement have been effective. Members of the Operational Group also discussed the role of “hospital commanders,” enforcement of the movement restrictions, best practices to avoid infection and more.
Ende letzten Jahres hat die OSZE ihre Position zu Gesetzen gegen „Falschnachrichten“, die von einer sozialistischen Regierung vorgeschlagen wurden, enthärtet. Diese Gesetze sind international scharf kritisiert worden. Diese Woche nahm die OSZE Stellung, um ihre Bedenken hinsichtlich des Gesetzentwurfs Ungarns gegen die gefährliche Verbreitung von falschen Informationen im Ausnahmezustand auszudrücken.
Speaking in his regular morning radio address on public radio, Prime Minister Orbán talked about the latest decision of the Coronavirus Operational Group. There is still no curfew in effect, but the government will impose restrictions on movement for the entire territory of Hungary between March 28 and April 11.
At today’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group, Dr. Cecília Müller announced that there had been no additional deaths from the epidemic and people who feel sick “must stay at home.” Colonel Tibor Lakatos was also on hand and stated that Hungary’s borders are barrier-free.
MOL CEO Péter Ratatics said that the company will produce 50,000 liters of disinfectant per day to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The new product will become available in retail stores over the next two weeks. Meanwhile, the Government is spending HUF 15 billion on additional protective gear.
Late last year, the OSCE softened its position on laws against “fake news” proposed by a Socialist government, laws that were being roundly criticized internationally. This week, the OSCE took a stance to express concerns about Hungary’s draft laws against dangerously false information in a state of emergency. If the government is leftist, it seems, laws against fake news are okay. But if not, then not so much. Because…press freedom.
“Another person has passed away from the coronavirus,” Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said at today’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group. Müller implored everyone to follow all epidemiological regulations prescribed by the government, while Colonel Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operational Group, reported that close to 200 people have broken compulsory home quarantine in 24 hours.
The V-Dem Institute is – wait for it – a Soros-funded institute. The EU now has an authoritarian state. That’s the sensational lead that has been circulating in the Twittersphere regarding a report released late last week by the little-known Varieties of Democracy Institute in Sweden funded by the Open Society Foundation. Which country is it? I’ll give you one guess.
Following his press statement this morning, Prime Minister Orbán spoke in Parliament about the state of the country’s defenses against the coronavirus pandemic. Although he was clear that the government is ready to act with or without the opposition, the PM implored everyone to "rise to the challenge" of these “difficult times.”
At today’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group, Colonel Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operational Group, stressed that "it is not necessary to introduce a curfew at this time." Infectious disease specialist Dr. János Szlávik also reported cases of older patients recovering from the virus.
Premierminister Orbán hat diese Woche ein fünfstufiges wirtschaftliches Hilfspaket angekündigt, um die negativen Auswirkungen der Coronavirus-Pandemie zu begrenzen. Lesen Sie hier, wie die Reaktion Ungarns im Vergleich zu anderen Beispielen aus dem internationalen Ausland aussieht!
Prime Minister Orbán announced this week a five-step economic relief package to curb the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look at how Hungary’s response compares to other examples we’re seeing internationally.
“The good news is that seven patients have left the hospital,” said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at Friday’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group. Colonel Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operational Group, also assured people that those stranded at the airport are being properly cared for.
According to the most recent data, Prime Minister Orbán said in his regular Friday morning radio interview, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection stands at 85, six of whom are in critical condition, and seven have fully recovered.
“Personal responsibility is crucial for avoiding large-scale disease,” said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at today’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group. Colonel Tibor Lakatos, Head of the Operational Group, also emphasized that they have no current plans for a curfew or the closure of cities or neighborhoods.
Premierminister Orbán hat fünf neue Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Wirtschaft vor den negativen Auswirkungen des Coronavirus enthüllt und sprach die Nation in einem Video an, das am Mittwochnachmittag auf seiner Facebook-Seite veröffentlicht wurde.
Prime Minister Orbán revealed five new measures aimed at protecting the economy from the negative effects of the coronavirus, addressing the nation in a video posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon.
“The defense against the coronavirus has entered a new stage,” said Colonel Tibor Lakatos, Head of the Operational Group, at today’s press conference of the Operational Group. Joined by Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller, he added that “to help with this, a government decree was adopted including measures that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán introduced yesterday in Parliament.”
„Es gibt optimistische Berichte, die besagen, dass die Virus-Krise in China geendet hätte, aber diese sind falsch“, sagte Premierminister Orbán. Er fügte hinzu, dass wir hier nicht über Wochen, sondern über Monate sprechen und „wir einkalkulieren müssen, dass sich unser Leben im Vergleich zu früher ändern wird.“
“Hungary is still not in a position to permit entrance to anyone coming from Italy, including those Serbian citizens who want to return to Serbia,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a video on his Facebook page.
“There are optimistic reports out there saying that the virus has ended in China, but these are false,” PM Orbán said. He added that we are not talking about weeks but rather months here, and “we need to take into account that our lives will change compared to how they were before.”
“It is in the interest of the European Union as a whole to establish strategic partnerships with countries on its eastern borders, including Moldova, and to keep EU membership and economic cooperation open,” said PM Orbán at a joint press conference with Ion Chicu, the Moldovan Prime Minister.
Announcing a state of emergency, Minister Gergely Gulyás revealed measures that would take immediate effect: a ban on arrivals from Italy, China, South Korea and Iran; closing of universities nation-wide; a ban on indoor events larger than 100 and outdoor events above 500.
Die Zahl der illegalen Migranten, die in den ersten beiden Monaten des Jahres an der südlichen Grenze Ungarns festgenommen wurden, hat das Vierfache jener Zahl erreicht, die in den gleichen Zeiträumen in den Jahren 2018 und 2019 verzeichnet wurde. Wird 2020 das nächste 2015?
The number of illegal migrants apprehended at Hungary’s southern border in the first two months of the year has reached four times the number recorded in the same periods in 2018 and 2019. Will 2020 become the next 2015?
Mid-February, the prime minister had already warned of increasing migration pressure. Today, his concern proved to be true, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the current situation with him on a call.
„Im Moment sind wir weit davon entfernt, eine Einigung zu erzielen. Es gibt zwei Positionen. Wir werden die Verhandlungen irgendwann in der Zukunft fortsetzen“, sagte Premierminister Orbán nach dem zweitägigen Gipfeltreffen des Europäischen Rates in Brüssel zum bevorstehenden Siebenjahresbudget der EU.
“Right now, we are very far from coming to an agreement. There are two positions. We will continue negotiations sometime in the future,” PM Orbán said following the two-day European Council summit in Brussels on the EU’s upcoming seven-year budget.
Independent, investigative journalism helps uncover stories and connections that would otherwise remain hidden from the public eye. It’s a good thing and should be promoted, except when it’s politically driven, biased and one-sided. The following case serves up a perfect example of the latter.
Bei einer Pressekonferenz vor ihrem gestrigen Treffen in Berlin haben sich Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán und Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel mit einer Vielzahl von Themen befasst, darunter mit dem bilateralen Handel, dem EU-Haushalt, der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit Europas und der EU-Erweiterungspolitik.
Außenminister Szijjártó sprach auf einer IAEO-Konferenz und einem Anti-Terror-Gipfel Anfang dieser Woche und gab Ungarns Stellung zu einigen der schlagkräftigen Themen bekannt, die das Land heute betreffen.
Der Aufbau einer Nation, sagte Premierminister Orbán, beginne mit „der Stärkung der Selbstachtung.“ Während sich die Ungarn von der Vorstellung entfernt haben, dass „wir uns als erfolgreiches Volk betrachten können“, ist es an der Zeit, dass wir es laut aussprechen: „Die letzten zehn Jahre waren die erfolgreichsten in den letzten 100 Jahren der ungarischen Geschichte.“
Nach einem Treffen mit dem italienischen Premierminister Giuseppe Conte sowie Matteo Salvini und Silvio Berlusconi in Rom hielt Premierminister Orbán am Dienstag auf einer Konferenz zum Thema „Nationaler Konservatismus“ eine Rede. Dort sprach er über eine Handvoll der dringlichsten Probleme Europas.
Building a nation’s stature, said Prime Minister Orbán, begins with “the strengthening of self-respect.” While Hungarians have grown distant from the idea that “we can look at ourselves as a successful people,” it is time that we say it out loud: “The last ten years have been the most successful in the last 100 years of Hungarian history.”
Nach dem gestrigen Treffen mit dem Präsidenten des Europäischen Rates, Charles Michel, skizzierte Premierminister Orbán vier Schlüsselbereiche, die seines Erachtens im kommenden EU-Haushalt 2021-2027 modifiziert werden müssen. Lesen Sie hier, was hinter jedem seiner Punkte steckt.
Visiting Hungary’s southern border fence alongside Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini earlier today, Prime Minister Orbán said that with spring weather right around the corner, migrants are expected to arrive in even larger masses and in a more organized manner.
Speaking at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday, Olivér Várhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, said that in order to maintain its credibility, the EU must “speed up” accession for the Western Balkans and “make it more dynamic.”
At a press conference prior to their meeting yesterday in Berlin, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed a wide range of issues including bilateral trade, the EU budget, Europe’s competitiveness and the EU enlargement policy.
They’re green on the outside, red on the inside. Our green ideologues have become the new revolutionaries who know better than Hungary’s voters and the government they elected and would – in the name of the great green leap forward – put their utopian ideas over the interests of Hungarian citizens.
Following meetings with Italian PM Giuseppe Conte, Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi in Rome, Prime Minister Orbán addressed a panel at the National Conservatism Conference on Tuesday. There, he talked about a handful of Europe’s most pressing problems.
Following a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel yesterday, Prime Minister Orbán outlined four key areas he would like to see modified in the upcoming 2021-2027 EU budget. Here’s what’s behind each of his points.
Prime Minister Orbán spent the day in Brussels discussing the EU’s next, seven-year budget with senior EU officials, including European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Updating climate documents from 2011, the Hungarian Government adopted new strategic plans on climate policy earlier this month. Although Hungary is already a “climate champion,” our goal is to further decrease the country’s climate footprint while keeping the economy on the rise.
On Tuesday morning, dozens of illegal immigrants stormed the Hungarian border crossing near Röszke, where they were immediately captured by border guards. “This is not the first occasion. We have seen this before,” Prime Minister Orbán said on Kossuth Radio this morning, reminding listeners that there have been nearly 3,500 illegal attempts in January alone. The PM then discussed the Soros network, the coronavirus and the Roma segregation case in Gyöngyöspata.
Make no mistake: Transparency International is part of George Soros’s wider network of “independent” NGOs. Like its affiliate in Hungary, this group receives ample funding from Soros’s Open Society Foundation, and it should surprise no one that that fact is reflected in the group’s biased analysis of Hungary.
Nicht nur ungarische Familien erkennen die Bedeutung des Aktionsplans zum Schutz der Familien an, auch andere Länder sprechen über den innovativen Charakter des Programms, dessen neueste Elemente am 1. Januar in Kraft getreten sind.
It’s not just Hungarian families who recognize the importance of the Family Protection Action Plan, but other countries have also been talking about the innovative character of the program, the newest elements of which came into force on January 1.
„Das kann so nicht weitergehen“, sagte Premierminister Orbán in seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen über den öffentlich-rechtlichen Sender Kossuth Rádió. „Wenn die EVP nicht für Ungarn eintritt, müssen wir eine neue christlich-demokratische europäische Bewegung gründen.“ Neben der gestrigen Abstimmung des Europäischen Parlaments sprach der Ministerpräsident auch über die Beziehung der V4-Länder zu Österreich, die „Gefängnis-Deals“ in Ungarn und über den Fall der Roma-Segregation in Gyöngyöspata.
In a press conference held at Hungary’s southern border fence, Prime Minister Orbán’s Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi confirmed that the number of illegal border-crossing attempts have increased dramatically around border sections not protected with a border fence, even though increased police and military presence is supported by high-end heat cameras, drones and radar technology.
Natürlich haben bestimmte kritische Stellen ganz schnell die ungarische Maßnahme, die Behandlung der Unfruchtbarkeit kostenlos zur Verfügung zu stellen, angegriffen. Der Premierminister hat unsere Lage letzte Woche auf einer internationalen Pressekonferenz dargelegt, die Erklärung wurde jedoch weitgehend ignoriert. Hier ist noch einmal unsere Begründung für die Maßnahme.
Gestern hat der Minister für Innovation und Technologie, László Palkovics, auf einer Pressekonferenz bestätigt, dass das Ministerium bis zum Ende dieses Jahres die Nationale Strategie für umweltverträgliche Entwicklung vorlegen wird, dies ist die Voraussetzung, um das Klimaneutralitätsziel 2050 zu erreichen.
“This cannot go on,” Prime Minister Orbán said in his regular Friday morning interview on the public Kossuth Rádió. “If the EPP doesn’t stand up for Hungary, then we will have to start a new, Christian-Democratic European movement.” Besides the European Parliament vote yesterday, the prime minister talked about V4 relations with Austria, “prison deals” in Hungary and the Roma segregation case in Gyöngyöspata.
Austria is a natural partner of Hungary and the Visegrád Group, and all of them together can cooperate in crucial areas, including migration, security, border protection, competitiveness, climate protection and enlargement.
Following a debate last week in the European Parliament on the Article 7 procedure against Hungary and Poland, the EP’s left-liberal majority voted to extend its scope to cover areas previously untouched by the notorious Sargentini Report.
Es war eine fast dreistündige schonungslose Pressekonferenz mit mehr als einhundert Journalisten des in- und ausländischen Pressekorps – und ja, unter den Anwesenden waren die größten und kritischsten Medien.
Critical outlets, of course, were quick to jump on Hungary’s move to make infertility treatment free-of-charge. The prime minister stated our case last week at an international press conference, but they’ve largely ignored the explanation. So, once again, here’s our reasoning for the move.
At a press conference yesterday, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics confirmed that, based on the climate strategy adopted on Wednesday, his ministry will submit the National Clean Development Strategy, a prerequisite to meeting the 2050 climate neutrality goal, by the end of this year.
It was a no-holds barred, nearly three-hour-long, press conference with more than one hundred journalists from the domestic and foreign press corps – and yes, among those present were the biggest, most critical media outlets.
The figures point in an increasingly concerning direction. It’s no longer a question of one’s stance on immigration; definitive action is needed to stop illegal border crossers from flooding the European Union. This is why Hungary is doubling the number of armed personnel protecting its southern border.
It’s been quite a year for Hungary in the international media. While the country saw record-low unemployment, growing foreign investment, EU-leading GDP growth and signs of growing prosperity on many fronts – we also enjoyed some, well, truly exceptional media coverage.
Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán nahm an der Feier zum 30. Jahrestag der rumänischen Revolution in Temesvár (Timișoara) teil, wo er sich an die Ereignisse aus dieser Zeit erinnerte und über die Aussichten für eine bessere Zukunft sprach.
Die Verhandlungen in Brüssel sind heute Morgen um 2.00 Uhr abgeschlossen worden, der Europäische Rat hat viel daran gesetzt, alle EU-Mitgliedstaaten zu einer gemeinsamen Position zu bewegen, um Europas Wirtschaft bis 2050 CO2-frei zu machen.
Einige waren gar nicht glücklich darüber, dass ich beschlossen habe, über Twitter ein wenig Klarheit darüber zu verschaffen, wie der Rat, unter der finnischen Präsidentschaft, diese Anhörungen nach Artikel 7 durchführt.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution in Temesvár (Timișoara), where he recalled events of that era and talked about the prospects for a brighter future.
Though many remember that Romania was the last country to free itself from communist dictatorship in 1989, there’s a significant detail that’s often overlooked. It all began when a Hungarian Reformed priest was threatened in Temesvár (Timișoara) and the local community started a vigil on December 16, thirty years ago.
Negotiations finished at 2:00 a.m. this morning in Brussels, where the European Council was working on getting all EU Member States to form a joint position on making Europe’s economy carbon-free by 2050.
„Ungarn zerschmettert die Medienfreiheit und den Pluralismus“, lautet der sensationsträchtige Titel eines Berichts, der heute von einer „internationalen Koalition“ von sieben „unabhängigen“ Organisationen veröffentlicht wurde.
Ungarn verzeichnete in diesem Jahr allein 11.808 illegale Grenzübertrittsversuche, 2.418 davon in diesem Monat und in dieser Woche allein ereigneten sich neun Prozent der diesjährigen Versuche. Während der Druck zunimmt und illegale Migranten neue Taktiken anwenden, sind die ungarischen Behörden bereit, die Grenze auch gegen viel höhere Zahlen zu sichern.
Als ob es nicht schon genug wäre, dass westliche Mainstream-Medien sich an politisch motivierten Desinformationskampagnen gegen Ungarns Migrations-, Wirtschafts- und Familienpolitik beteiligen, kritisiert man uns jetzt auch zum Thema Kultur und Musik.
With the current situation on Hungary’s southern border showing a striking increase in attempts to cross the border illegally, State Secretary Szilárd Németh convened the ruling party’s anti-migration cabinet to devise further steps to avoid what happened in 2015.
Hungary has seen 11,808 illegal border-crossing attempts this year alone, 2,418 this month and nine percent of this year’s total occurred this week alone. While the pressure is increasing and illegal migrants are employing new tactics, Hungarian authorities stand ready to keep the border secure, even against much higher numbers.
Die Migration ist kein eigenständiges Thema und kann nicht von seinen wirtschaftlichen Folgen getrennt werden. Die Migration schafft Gewinner und Verlierer, da Flüchtlinge viel kosten und mehr aus der Kasse nehmen können als sie einbringen, insbesondere wenn Länder gering qualifizierte Arbeitskräfte einstellen müssen.
Durch illegale Einwanderung seien Massen radikaler Islamisten nach Europa gekommen, sagte der Ministerpräsident heute. Dies könnte in nicht allzu ferner Zukunft zu einer raschen Veränderung der religiös-kulturellen Zusammensetzung des Kontinents führen.
As if it wasn’t already enough that Western, mainstream media outlets engage in politically driven disinformation campaigns against Hungary’s migration, economic, and family policies, now they’re taking shots at us on the topic of culture and music.
In Bezug auf die neue Position von Olivér Várhelyi als EU-Kommissar betonte Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán die Bedeutung des Portfolios für Erweiterung und europäische Nachbarschaftspolitik. Der Premierminister sprach auch darüber, auf welche Weise im nächsten Jahr der wirtschaftliche Erfolg des Landes aufrechterhalten werden soll.
The re-construction of a monument honoring the victims of communism - that was, by the way, torn down by hardline communists in 1945 - counts as an act of “historical revisionism,” according to the distinguished scholars at the Brookings Institution. But it’s not. And, by the way, we stand by our decision.
Through illegal migration, the prime minister said earlier today, masses of radical Islamists have come to Europe. In the not-so-distant future, this could lead to a swift change in the religious-cultural composition of the continent.
The international press corps has been taking shots at Hungary’s program aimed at countering demographic decline. A few weeks ago, they said it was discriminating against women without kids, now a German paper proposes that Hungary should adopt a “new image of women”. It’s time for the truth.
Migration is not a stand-alone issue and cannot be separated from its economic consequences. Migration creates winners and losers, since refugees cost a lot and can take out more than they bring in, especially if countries are having to take in low-skill workers.
Regarding Olivér Várhelyi’s new position as European Commissioner, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasized the importance of the Neighborhood and Enlargement portfolio. The prime minister also talked about next year’s agenda and maintaining the country’s economic success.
Ein Land mit einer rückläufigen Bevölkerungsentwicklung, so Premierminister Orbán, sollte nicht unter der Illusion leben, dass der Rückgang ohne unsere eigenen Anstrengungen aufhören wird. In seiner gestrigen Rede auf der Tagung des Rats der Ungarischen Diaspora ging der Ministerpräsident auf eine Reihe dringender Fragen ein, darunter Einwanderung, Familienpolitik, die Wirtschaftslage Ungarns und die militärischen Fähigkeiten des Landes.
„Die Zusammenarbeit der mitteleuropäischen Länder ist im Herzen der mitteleuropäischen Bevölkerung verankert“, sagte Premierminister Orbán heute in Prag und fügte hinzu, dass in den kommenden Jahren der Erfolg von Mitteleuropa und der Länder der Visegrád-Gruppe im Mittelpunkt stehen werden. Dies sind einige Höhepunkte aus der Rede des Premierministers zum 30. Jahrestag der Samtenen Revolution in der Tschechoslowakei, einem friedlichen Machtwechsel, der das Ende der kommunistischen Ära markierte.
In der vergangenen Woche schrieb ein Redakteur der Washington Post anlässlich des 30. Jahrestages des Mauerfalls eine sentimentale Kolumne, in der er sich darüber aufregte. dass die damalige Euphorie naiv gewesen sei, weil „sich die Politik der 1930er Jahre in Osteuropa noch immer abspielt.“
“The cooperation of Central European countries is engraved in the hearts of Central European people,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today in Prague, adding that the upcoming years will be all about the success of Central Europe and the Visegrád Four. A few highlights from the PM’s speech honoring the 30th anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, a peaceful transition of power that marked the end of the communist era.
A country with a declining population, Prime Minister Orbán said, should not live under the illusion that the decline will stop without our own effort. In his speech at the meeting of the Hungarian Diaspora Council yesterday, the Prime Minister touched upon an array of pressing issues including immigration, family policy, the state of Hungary’s economy, and the country’s military capabilities.
Last week, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an editor at the Washington Post penned a sentimental column fretting that the euphoria of that day was naïve because “The politics of the 1930s are still playing out in eastern Europe.”
“We must not separate national and European interests from each other, as we should work towards the common good. In the end, the ultimate goal is to create a strong and successful community,” Olivér Várhelyi said at a hearing in the EP this morning.
Der neu gewählte Oberbürgermeister von Budapest glaubt, die westlichen Medien täuschen zu können, indem er versucht, das De-facto-Bündnis der Opposition mit der antisemitischen Rechten Ungarns schönreden zu können. Aber die Jobbik ist immer noch dieselbe antisemitische Anti-Roma-Gruppe rechtsextremer Radikaler.
The newly elected mayor of Budapest thinks he can fool the western media by trying whitewash the opposition’s de facto alliance with Hungary’s anti-Semitic far-right. But Jobbik is still the same, anti-Semitic, anti-Roma group of far-right radicals.
Eine fünfteilige Serie, die kürzlich im deutschen öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Deutschlandfunk gesendet wurde, bietet ein Lehrbuchbeispiel für voreingenommene, liberale Medien, die nicht in der Lage sind, über die andere Seite einer Geschichte zu berichten.
In seinem gewohnten Radiointerview am Freitagmorgen sprach Premierminister Orbán – nach drei bilateralen Besuchen in Budapest innerhalb von acht Tagen – über das Hauptziel der ungarischen Außenpolitik, über die Rolle der Türkei beim Stoppen der Migration sowie über die Ukraine und die Ungarn in Transkarpatien, bevor er sich den Themen Tourismus und gemeinsamer EU-Haushalt zuwandte.
In einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz nach der Unterzeichnung von zehn bilateralen Abkommen erklärte Premierminister Viktor Orbán, dass Ungarns außenpolitisches Denken von der Prämisse ausgehe, dass es ohne die Türkei von Präsident Erdoğan nicht möglich sei, die Migration nach Europa zu stoppen. Außerdem sprach Premierminister Orbán die Zusammenarbeit der beiden Länder in Bezug auf Sicherheit, Energie und Kultur an, bevor er die Pressekonferenz mit dem Thema EU-Erweiterung abschloss.
What Senator Cardin and the panelists said at the Brookings Institution’s event this week underscores that the Helsinki Commission and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group remain deeply committed to pursuing a strongly anti-Hungary narrative based on misinformation and a poor command of the facts.
In his regular Friday morning radio interview, following a busy eight days packing in three bilateral visits in Budapest, Prime Minister Orbán talked about the main objective behind Hungary’s foreign policy, Turkey’s role in putting an end to migration, and Ukraine and the Hungarians in Transcarpathia before turning to tourism and the common EU budget.
In a joint press conference following the signing of ten bilateral agreements, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that Hungary’s foreign policy thinking starts from the premise that without President Erdoğan’s Turkey, it is not possible to halt migration to Europe. Furthermore, PM Orbán touched upon cooperation between the two countries in terms of security, energy, and culture before closing with the topic of EU enlargement.
The Commission’s response to the agenda-driven reporting at The New York Times: There are clear rules and procedures in place to effectively address alleged misuse of common EU money. Meanwhile, no surprise at the bias of the NYT considering who they rely on for Hungary reporting.
Speaking at the re-inauguration ceremony of the “Martyrs of the Nation” Memorial in downtown Budapest, Speaker of Parliament László Kövér remembered the victims of the communist rule of the 1918-1919 Council Republic.
Yes, what happened recently at the Aurora Center is a shameful act, one that should and will be prosecuted. But no, it does not have anything to do with the Hungarian government, and it’s high time that our international friends understood that.
Ungarn und Slowenien teilen das gleiche Schicksal, wenn es um Migration geht, sagte Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán, und Ungarn wird Slowenien beim Schutz seiner Grenzen helfen. Der Premierminister sprach auch von „sehr ernsten Konsequenzen“, wenn die EU weiterhin neue Mitgliedstaaten blockiert. Der slowenische Premierminister Sarec brachte währenddessen seine uneingeschränkte Unterstützung zum Ausdruck, damit Ungarn in der Europäischen Kommission das Portfolio Nachbarschaft und Erweiterung erhält.
“Hungary won’t surrender the Transcarpathian Hungarian community to geopolitics,” said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, announcing that Hungary did not approve the NATO Ambassadors’ joint statement on Ukraine.
In seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen auf Kossuth Rádió ging Ministerpräsident Orbán auf eine Reihe dringender Themen ein, darunter den anhaltenden türkisch-syrischen Konflikt, die Kommunalwahlen sowie das derzeitige Mandat der Regierung, den „Borkai-Skandal“, die Aktionspläne zum Schutz der Familie und der Wirtschaft und äußerte sich sogar zum Thema Brexit.
At a conference with Christian religious leaders from the Middle East, the foreign minister spoke about Hungary's responsibility in protecting persecuted Christian communities around the world and setting an example for others to follow.
Hungary and Slovenia share the same fate when it comes to migration, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Hungary will help Slovenia protect its borders. The prime minister also spoke about “very serious consequences” if the EU continues to block new member states, while Slovenian Prime Minister Sarec expressed his government’s full support for Hungary receiving the European Commission enlargement portfolio.
In his regular, Friday morning interview on Kossuth Rádió, Prime Minister Orbán tackled an array of pressing topics, including the ongoing Turkish-Syrian conflict, the local elections and the government’s current mandate, the ‘Borkai scandal’, the family and economy protection action plans, and even Brexit.
While Hungarians remembered on October 23rd the martyrs of the 1956 Revolution – the everyday men and women, boys and girls who took up arms and made a heroic stand against Soviet military might on the streets of Budapest – the direct descendants of the Communist Party cadre that helped break the revolution were busy whitewashing their grandparents and – just for good measure – allying themselves with Hungary’s anti-Semitic, far-right in a shameful maneuver for political power.
In his speech honoring the martyrs of Hungary’s 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he has no doubt that the youth of today’s Pest would stand strong just as their grandparents did in 1956. After all, the PM said, “a homeland can only exist as long as the patriots outnumber those that align with foreign powers.”
Today, October 23, marks the sixty-third anniversary of the beginning of our 1956 Revolution. On this autumn day in 1956, students at Budapest’s Technical University marched to József Bem Square, issuing a list of demands, referred to as the 16 points, that called for the end of the one-party state and the holding of free and democratic parliamentary elections, the country joining the United Nations and leaving the recently established Warsaw Pact.
Opening the fall session of the Hungarian Parliament yesterday, PM Orbán said that it is ready to cooperate with all mayors and local councils that will cooperate and that everyone must work for Hungary and the Hungarian people. He also noted Fidesz’s continued strength and mandate, family policy success, further economic goals, the EU’s mistake regarding Albania and North Macedonia, and carbon neutrality.
Members of the Hungarian police and armed forces were accompanied by hundreds of foreign participants for the “Cooperative Security 2019” military exercise at two locations in rural Hungary. The goal? Strengthen cooperation to help keep the peace in countries from which people are forced to flee, and protect and preserve our own homeland.
Unlike some of the previous efforts, which were directed solely at Hungary, the Finnish government is now set on withdrawing funds from a number of EU member states. Minister of Justice Judit Varga attended the General Affairs Council meetings on Tuesday where ministers discussed the Finnish presidency’s budget proposal. She had a few choice words following the meeting.
If you’ve read anything about Hungary over the last nine years, you’ve most certainly encountered the argument that Hungarians are leaving the country by the thousands. Because of Prime Minister Orbán, of course. While emigration has indeed been a challenge for many of the countries of the CEE region, PM Orbán has been part of the solution rather than the cause. And our fellow Hungarians are, in fact, coming home.
Neben einer hohen Wahlbeteiligung von 48,45 Prozent erzielte das Fidesz-KDNP-Bündnis von Premierminister Orbán am Sonntag bei den Kommunalwahlen 2019 in Ungarn einen weiteren Sieg von über 50 Prozent.
Winning an absolute majority of all votes cast, Hungary's ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance maintained its healthy lead ahead of all other parties in Sunday's local elections. Yes, opposition parties prevailed in Budapest, which will now have a new mayor, but there’s a lot more to the story than the capital. Here are the three, key takeaways.
Prior to his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Orbán said that despite areas of disagreement, there are also areas of agreement in which the two countries can work towards unity and a stronger Europe, including border security and a common EU military force.
The US is the biggest, non-European investor in Hungary, as top American businesses in IT, agriculture, military, energy, and manufacturing continue to benefit from the country’s low taxes and highly skilled workforce. Expectations indicate that the solid partnership between the two countries will see continued growth.
Inspiring Hungary, eine exklusive Konferenz, die diese Woche von der Ungarischen Agentur für Investitionsförderung organisiert wurde, präsentierte die Erfolge des ungarischen Wirtschaftsmodells – mehr Auslandsinvestitionen, mehr Arbeitsplätze, höhere Löhne – und bot eine Networking-Plattform für die Teilnehmer in den wichtigsten Wirtschaftssektoren des Landes. Hier sind einige der wichtigsten Erkenntnisse.
Last week, at his joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Prime Minister Orbán spoke about Hungary’s goals on the clean energy front, repeating the commitment that we will have 90 percent of our domestic energy supply carbon-neutral by 2030, and we’re on track to get there through both nuclear and renewable energy sources.
In einer Pressekonferenz am Montagabend ernannte Premierminister Orbán den erfahrenen Diplomaten Olivér Várhelyi, Ungarns Botschafter bei der EU, offiziell zum nächsten EU-Kommissar des Landes. Hier sind ein paar Dinge, die Sie wissen sollten.
Inspiring Hungary, an exclusive conference organized this week by the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, showcased the achievements of the Hungarian economic model – increased foreign investment, more jobs, higher wages – and provided a networking platform for actors engaged in the country’s key economic sectors. Here are some of the takeaways.
In a press conference on Monday evening, Prime Minister Orbán officially nominated seasoned diplomat Olivér Várhelyi, Hungary’s ambassador to the EU, as the country’s next European Commissioner. Here are a few things you should know.
In seinem heutigen Radiointerview sprach Premierminister Viktor Orbán über seinen jüngsten Besuch in Rom, die Versuche der Pro-Migrationskräfte, László Trócsányi davon abzuhalten, EU-Kommissar zu werden, und die Wiederbelebung des Migrantenquotensystems.
At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Finnish PM, Antti Rinne, made clear that he will seek to make EU payments subject to the rule of law. Yet Finland itself fails to meet several important criteria of the rule of law, thus giving a clear example of the double standards that continue to prevail in the European Union. We should focus “more on what we agree on and less on where there are disagreements,” said Prime Minister Orbán.
Hungary offers incentives for investments that will “help Hungarian businesses and the Hungarian people” by attracting technology-oriented capital to the country, said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in an interview on Kossuth Radio.
Die Regierungspartei Fidesz hielt heute ihren Jahreskongress ab, den 28. seit der Gründung der Partei. Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán hob nach seiner Wiederwahl zum Parteivorsitzenden in seiner Rede jene Ziele hervor, die der Fidesz in drei Jahrzehnten erreicht hat, darunter die Schaffung eines „neuen und funktionierenden Modells der Staatstheorie, eines christdemokratischen Staates“.
Ruling party Fidesz held its annual congress today, the 28th since the party’s establishment. In his address following his re-election as president of the party, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán highlighted the goals that Fidesz has achieved over the course of three decades, including the creation of a “new and working model of state theory, a Christian Democratic state.” Regarding the EU’s latest ideas for responding to the migration challenge, the PM made an offer to Italy to help in protecting the EU border.
Ahmed H., the convicted leader of a violent mob of immigrants that tried to storm the Hungarian-Serbian border in 2015, can now return to Cyprus. Hopefully, with this latest, the story finally comes to a close, but let’s not forget what really happened here and what this case means.
In this morning’s radio interview, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about his latest visit to Rome, the attempts of pro-migration forces to prevent László Trócsányi from becoming European Commissioner, and the resurrection of the migrant quota system.
In less than three weeks, on October 13th, Hungarians will go to the polls to elect local representatives and mayors for a five-year term. While votes are cast locally, the results will shape the future of Hungary and the future of Europe.
“In Ungarn haben wir in den letzten Jahren ein neues Modell zur Theorie der Politik und des Staates entwickelt und einen christlich-demokratischen Staat aufgebaut“, sagte Premierminister Orbán auf einer von Fratelli d'Italia in Rom organisierten Veranstaltung. Den Beweis für den Erfolg des Modells liefern drei Siege bei den Parlamentswahlen mit einer Zweidrittelmehrheit.
“In Hungary, in recent years, we have developed a new model of political and state theory, and a Christian-democratic state has been built,” said Prime Minister Orbán, addressing an event organized by Fratelli d’Italia in Rome, adding that proof of the model’s success is demonstrated in three parliamentary election victories that delivered a two-thirds majority.
Zwei der Vizepräsidenten der neuen Europäischen Kommission werden aus der Slowakei und der Tschechischen Republik kommen, während der polnische Kommissar für die Landwirtschaft verantwortlich sein wird. „Die gesamte Region, mit der Visegrád-Gruppe an der Spitze, gewinnt zunehmend an Wertschätzung“, sagte Ministerpräsident Orban heute Morgen in einem Radiointerview, bevor er über die Erweiterung der EU, die europäische Lebensweise, die außenpolitischen Ziele und Familienpolitik sprach.
As state secretary responsible for the Hungary Helps Program, I was pleased to announce recently a new, joint project with the Hungarian Ecumenical Charity that offers assistance to the Yazidi community that was subjected to genocide during the reign of the Islamic State.
Today’s hearing at the EU’s General Affairs Council was nothing more than that. They have camouflaged it as a legal process, but it’s a revenge campaign waged by the political forces who drive a pro-migration agenda and remain determined to punish Hungary for our opposition.
Bestimmte Elemente im Europäischen Parlament sind weiterhin entschlossen, Ungarn dafür bezahlen zu lassen, dass es sich gegen die Einwanderung einsetzt und auf die Verteidigung der europäischen Schengen-Grenze besteht. Um diese Themen geht es in der heutigen Anhörung.
Certain elements in the European Parliament remain determined to make Hungary pay for staunchly opposing their pro-immigration agenda and for insisting upon defending Europe’s Schengen border. This is what today's hearing is all about.
Two of the vice-presidents on the new European Commission will come from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while the Polish commissioner will oversee Agriculture. “The whole region, with the V4 at the helm, is seeing an on-going increase in appreciation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in a radio interview this morning, before talking about enlargement, the European way of life, foreign policy goals and family policy.
Bei der Eröffnung des III. Demografischen Gipfels in Budapest am heutigen Tag bezeichnete Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán die Verfolgung einer starken demografischen Politik als ein Ziel für den Staat und eine Aufgabe für die Regierung.
With August upon us, we’re enjoying peak tourist season in Hungary and expecting record numbers again this year. Most international visitors who come to Hungary will pay a visit to the capital and for many good reasons. It’s not only the historic thermal baths, the terrific cuisine, world-class music offerings, rich cultural scene and lively night life but also the capital’s monumental architecture and exceptional buildings.
Vor zwei Jahren forderte Ministerpräsident Orbán die Europäische Kommission auf, Ungarn – und die eigenen Bemühungen der EU zur Verteidigung der Grenzen – zu unterstützen, indem sie die Hälfte der Kosten für die Verstärkung unserer Südgrenze übernimmt.
Two years ago, Prime Minister Orbán asked the European Commission to support Hungary – and the EU’s own border defense efforts – by covering half of what it cost to reinforce our southern border, a fence erected in 2015 on an important external border of the EU that has blocked a major human trafficking route and reduced illegal crossings into the EU along that border to close to zero. We had to wait a while for the response, and the answer they gave us is a disgrace.
Even at times of division, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, “freedom fighters like us always knew that there was only one, single Europe.” As the prime minister reflected on the historic significance of Hungary-Germany relations, Hungary’s role in German reunification and the future of Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel named the Pan-European Picnic a symbol of unity and thanked Hungarians who 30 years ago helped overcome the lines of division.
Hungary has become a popular topic among some in Finland recently. In an opinion piece published online in Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat, the former Finnish ambassador to Budapest, Petri Tuomi-Nikula, writes that “Hungary is one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union”.
The forint was introduced on August 1, 1946, which was a crucial step in the stabilization of the Hungarian economy in the period following the Second World War. On the anniversary of its introduction, here are some interesting facts about the Hungarian currency.
Die Liberalen haben die Bedingungen so gesetzt, dass Demokratie nur liberal sein kann. Nach Ministerpräsident Orbán jedoch stimme diese Anforderung, dass christliche Demokratie liberal sein müsse, nicht. Ihr liberaler Internationalismus kann nur dann erfolgreich sein, wenn er universell wird. Und sie lehnen ab, was wir in Ungarn tun, weil ein echtes, funktionsfähiges Modell eines illiberalen Staates zusammenkam, unser eigener christlich-demokratischer Staat.
Liberals defined the terms so that democracy can only be liberal. However, according to Prime Minister Orbán, the requirement that Christian democracy must be liberal is not true. Their liberal internationalism can only succeed when it becomes universal. And they oppose what we are doing in Hungary because a true, working model of an illiberal state has come together, our own Christian democratic state.
We were called unorthodox. We were accused of being far-right. Then we became the dangerous, new populism before becoming the illiberal populists. Now, they’ve got a new one: it’s anti-Muslim populism in Hungary.
It was July 1989. Yes, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years ago, a group of visionaries organized the first Bálványos Open University and Summer Camp, and it’s been going ever since. This week, for the 30th installment, students, policy experts, politicians, journalists and even the prime minister gather to share ideas and enjoy summer in the Transylvanian Carpathians.
According to the Finnish EU Minister, our concerns around Finnish rule of law are mere attempts to direct the attention away from us. But, in fact, our goal is simply to share some of these lesser-known facts that can help the independent spectator see the full picture.
In a dramatic vote in the European Parliamentary yesterday evening, Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the European Commission by a margin of just nine votes. While the political right stood behind her and the left opposed her nomination, it’s clear that those thirteen Fidesz-KDNP votes were vital to her election.
While the European Commission continues to revise upward its forecast of Hungary’s economic performance, Hungary’s investment numbers are also climbing. We have managed to secure some 45 billion HUF worth of investments from Bavarian firms for the next fiscal term.
Die Migration bleibt weiterhin die Hauptdebatte in der europäischen Politik, sagte Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán in seinem regelmäßigen Radiointerview am Freitagmorgen. Er sprach auch über den zunehmenden Einfluss der Visegrád-Gruppe in Europa und rief die ungarische Opposition wegen ihres Verhaltens im Europäischen Parlament auf.
Migration remains the main question for debate in European politics, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his regular, Friday morning radio interview. He also spoke of the Visegrád Group’s increasing influence in Europe and called out the Hungarian opposition for its behavior in the European Parliament.
While there have been highs and lows in U.S.-Hungary relations over the past few years, said the prime minister, these times are good, and the United States, he added with emphasis on the NATO relationship, “can count on us in the fight for our common values, whether it be in the meeting rooms or on the battlefields.”
Es sollte der Vergangenheit angehören: So genannte selbsternannte Powerbroker, die keine Rechenschaft ablegen müssen und sich heimlich per Telefon und in geheimen Zusammenkünften verschwören, um mit zynischer Missachtung des Willens der Wähler in kleinen Portionen Machtpositionen auszuteilen.
It was supposed to be a thing of the past. So-called powerbrokers, self-appointed and unaccountable, conspiring furtively by telephone and in secret meetings to cut deals to dole out positions of power with a cynical disregard for the will of the voters.
The Visegrád Group is unified in terms of both personnel- and content-related questions, PM Orbán said in his radio interview this morning, adding that he thinks it’s possible to find the right candidate for European Commission president “within one or two weeks”. In the remainder of the interview, the prime minister touched upon the relationship between Fidesz and the European People’s Party, Hungary’s priorities in the next five years, economic policy and the aftermath of the Hableány boat accident.
Gestern Nachmittag hat ein Mob aus Rumänen einen österreichisch-ungarischen Soldatenfriedhof in Siebenbürgen gestürmt, trotz der Anwesenheit der Polizei und friedlich protestierender Ungarn. In Budapest hat Außenminister Péter Szijjártó den rumänischen Botschafter vorgeladen, der sich weigerte, zu erscheinen.
Yesterday afternoon, a Romanian crowd broke into an Austro-Hungarian military cemetery in Transylvania, despite heavy police presence and a human chain of ethnic Hungarians protesting peacefully. In Budapest, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó summoned the Romanian ambassador, who refused to appear.
In dieser Woche veröffentlichte der Telegraph einen Artikel über Ungarn mit dem Titel ‚A climate of fear’ (auf Deutsch: Ein Klima der Angst) – und zwar in der Rubrik Nachrichten, und nicht in der Kolumne Meinungen. Dieser bezeichnet unser Land als „sterbende Demokratie, die von der EU gestützt wird.“
So, this week The Telegraph published – in the news section, not the opinion column – an article about Hungary entitled, “A ‘climate of fear’, which refers to our country as a “dying democracy propped up by the EU.”
Mit ihrem überwältigenden Sieg am Sonntag sicherte sich die Fidesz-KDNP-Allianz unter Führung von Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán 13 Sitze im Europäischen Parlament. Aber das ist nicht alles. Die große Gewinnspanne bei einer Rekordbeteiligung spiegelte einen wichtigen Trend in der gesamten Visegrad-Gruppe wider.
In an interview on Kossuth Radio’s morning program “Good Morning, Hungary”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about his party’s election victory last Sunday, his determination to realize the will of the Hungarian people, and challenges facing the future of Europe.
Ungarns regierende Fidesz-KDNP-Allianz feierte am Sonntag einen überwältigenden Sieg und sicherte sich 13 Sitze bei einer Europawahl, die eine rekordverdächtige Wahlbeteiligung von 43,37 Prozent erzielte, das ist ein Anstieg von 14,4 Prozent gegenüber den 28,97 Prozent vor fünf Jahren. Hier sind fünf Erkenntnisse aus den gestrigen Ergebnissen.
With its sweeping victory on Sunday, the Fidesz-KDNP alliance led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secured 13 seats in the European Parliament. But that’s not all. The large victory margin amid record-high turnout reflected an important trend throughout the Visegrad Group.
Hungary’s governing Fidesz-KDNP alliance clinched a sweeping victory on Sunday, securing 13 seats in an EP election that generated a record-breaking voter turnout of 43.37 percent, up 14.4 percent from 28.97 five years ago. Here are five takeaways from yesterday’s results.
Das Regierungsbündnis von Ministerpräsident Viktor Orban, FIDESZ-KDNP, beherrschte heute die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament in Ungarn, gewann 52,14 Prozent der Stimmen und sicherte sich somit 13 Sitze im Europäischen Parlament.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling alliance of FIDESZ-KDNP dominated the European Parliamentary elections in Hungary today, winning 52.14 percent of the votes and securing 13 seats in the European Parliament.
EP elections are now taking place all over Europe. Two days before Hungarians go to the polls and cast their votes, we must be clear about what’s really at stake in these elections. Europe is not simply electing members of the European Parliament. It’s choosing its future.
“Wir sollten die unüberhörbare Botschaft vermitteln, dass wir Veränderung wollen“, sagte Ministerpräsident Orbán in Bezug auf die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament am 26. Mai. „Wir wollen ein Europa, das seine Grenzen zu Land und zu Wasser schützt.“
“We should send a strong message that we want change,” Prime Minister Orbán said, referring to the European Parliamentary elections on May 26th. “We want a Europe that protects its borders on land and sea.”
Last night, I tweeted about US Ambassador Cornstein’s interview that aired on Hungarian television. In the interview, the ambassador categorically denied a story that the US is planning sanctions against Hungary.
The relationship between Hungary and the United States carries an important strategic dimension. And yesterday, with the meeting between our prime minister and the president of the United States, the relationship has taken on a new air.
This week, if you’re to believe the East Coast liberal elite, Prime Minister Orbán not only does not belong in the Oval Office, he “dreams of liquidating the intelligentsia,” you know, “like Pol Pot or Josef Stalin”. I swear, you can’t make this stuff up.
At an informal EU summit in Nagyszeben/Sibiu yesterday, the 27 heads of state and government adopted the Sibiu Declaration emphasizing the bloc’s commitment to “one Europe…united, through thick and thin”. While most leaders were busy coming to such general conclusions, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán – in his characteristic straight talk – spoke in detail about migration and the future of Europe as we know it.
“Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s working visit to Washington on May 13th, during which he will be received by U.S. President Donald Trump, will be extremely significant,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said at a recent press conference in Brussels.
“For us, Group Leader Weber would have also been a good Commission president,” Prime Minister Orbán said at the press conference yesterday, “but [Weber] announced that not only does he not need the Hungarian votes but he does not want to become Commission president with the support of Hungarian votes.”
In a joint press conference with Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he’d like to see the same changes in Europe that have occurred in Austria, where the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his ruling Austrian People’s Party thrive in cooperation with the patriotic Freedom Party.
Ministerpräsident Orbán wird heute Nachmittag in Budapest mit dem Vorsitzenden der Freiheitlichen Partei Österreichs, Heinz-Christian Strache, zusammenkommen. Vor dem Treffen sprach der Premierminister in einem exklusiven Interview mit der österreichischen Zeitung "Kleine Zeitung" über die Beziehungen zwischen Ungarn und Österreich, über Liberalismus, Europapolitik und Migration. Hier einige Highlights:
Prime Minister Orbán is due to meet Austrian Freedom Party Chairman Heinz-Christian Strache this afternoon in Budapest. Prior to the meeting, the PM discussed Hungary-Austria relations, liberalism, European politics and migration in an exclusive interview with Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung. Here are some of the highlights:
Last month, I wrote about the research of the Action and Protection Foundation (APF), a Hungarian civic group founded in 2012 by the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, specifically the group’s monitoring and analysis of anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes.
Am Freitag veröffentlichte The Guardian einen Artikel, in dem behauptet wird, dass die ungarische Regierung den Asylbewerbern Nahrungsmittel vorenthält und es zudem beinahe unmöglich macht, die Anforderungen für die Unterbringung in der Transitzone zu erfüllen, da „jeder, der aus einem sicheren Land nach Ungarn gekommen war, für ein Asyl automatisch nicht in Frage kam. Die meisten Menschen kommen aus Serbien, was als sicher gilt.“
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán touched upon yesterday’s visit of Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini, the Eastern Opening policy and the upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump later this month.
On the eve of Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s visit to Budapest tomorrow, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sat for an interview with the popular Italian daily La Stampa. In the interview, the prime minister discusses migration, the future of the European People’s Party, nationalism and a perspective on “three Europes”. Here are some highlights:
On Friday, The Guardian published an article claiming that the Hungarian government is withholding food from asylum seekers and moreover making it almost impossible to satisfy the requirements for getting shelter in the transit zone since “anyone who had arrived in Hungary from a safe country was automatically ineligible. Most people arrive from Serbia, which is considered safe."
Ich erzähle jetzt die Geschichte einer alltäglichen jungen, ungarischen Frau namens Anna. Sie ist 28 Jahre alt und hat vor vier Jahren ihr Jurastudium absolviert, seit drei Jahren lebt sie in einer liebevollen Beziehung mit dem 32-jährigen Peter in Debrecen, einer Großstadt im Nordosten Ungarns.
Let me tell you the story of an average, young, Hungarian woman, Anna, who is 28 years old, earned her university degree in law four years ago, has been in a loving relationship with 32 year-old Peter for three years and lives in Debrecen, a major city in northeast Hungary.
The French “public intellectual” Bernard-Henry Lévy paid a visit to Budapest this week. He offered his deep assessment of the Hungarian prime minister, calling him “the most obnoxious bastard,” who is, by the way, “building an authoritarian rule in Hungary.”
Ende Februar gab die Europäische Kommission in ihrer Antwort auf die Informationskampagne der ungarischen Regierung zu, dass sie "ein Programm finanziert, in dessen Rahmen das UNHCR Flüchtlingen und Asylbewerbern Prepaid-Debitkarten gibt".
Das erfolgreichste Militärbündnis der Welt ist gerade 70 Jahre alt geworden, und wir haben ein weiteres wichtiges Jubiläum zu feiern. Es ist 20 Jahre her, dass Ungarn zusammen mit der Tschechischen Republik und Polen der NATO beigetreten ist und uns den Platz in dieser Organisation gesichert hat, ein großartiger Moment unserer langersehnten Rückkehr nach Europa und in die euro-atlantische Gemeinschaft.
Mit dem offiziellen Start der Kampagne für die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament hat Premier Viktor Orbán seinen sieben Punkte umfassenden Aktionsplan vorgestellt, der nach den Wahlen in Gang gesetzt werden soll.
On Tuesday, the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe of the U.S. Congress, also known as the Helsinki Commission, will hold a briefing to “explore recent developments in Hungary, including issues related to the rule of law and corruption.”
At the end of February, in its response to the Hungarian Government’s information campaign, the European Commission admitted that it “funds a program run by the UNHCR for prepaid debit cards for refugees and asylum seekers”.
The world’s most successful military alliance just turned 70, and that means we have another important anniversary to celebrate. It’s been 20 years since Hungary, along with the Czech Republic and Poland, joined NATO and secured our places in the alliance, a great moment in our long-desired return to Europe and the Euro-Atlantic community.
Erinnern Sie sich an jene Zeiten, als internationale Beobachter Ministerpräsident Orbán vor einer Kooperation oder gar einer Verbindung mit der rechtsextremen, antisemitischen Jobbik gewarnt haben? Offensichtlich ist dies kein Problem mehr. Denn jetzt sind es die linksliberalen Grünen Ungarns, die sich bei den Rechtsextremen einschmeicheln wollen. Und ihr Schweigen lässt vermuten, dass viele von denselben Leuten der Meinung sind, dass das in Ordnung ist.
This week the Hungarian National Assembly approved a series of bills aimed to lay the foundation for Hungary’s new family policy, clearing the way for the first four measures to come into force on July 1st.
In letzter Zeit wurde in den internationalen Medien viel über die "Suspendierung" von Fidesz in der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP) geredet. Es gibt eine Menge verschiedener Erklärungen und Interpretationen des „Konflikts“, die meisten aber beruhen auf Fehlinformationen und schwerwiegenden Sachfehlern. Diese fünf wichtigen Punkte sollte man jedoch unbedingt kennen.
From the advantage of a hundred years of hindsight, the First World War, or the “Great War” as Anglo-Saxon literature calls it, may seem like a romantic, distant, strange war of a fallen era. Today, we know it was something quite different.
The Times never responded to my request to have a chance to reply. Perhaps that’s because, as journalism goes, this ranks among the most atrocious pieces of reporting on Hungary that I’ve seen in some time.
The March 22nd cover of the Slovenian leftist weekly Mladina shows a caricature of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán raising a Nazi salute, surrounded by SDS leader Janez Janša and other figures associated with Slovenia’s conservative, right-wing party.
Remember all those times that international observers warned Prime Minister Orbán against any cooperation, let alone association, with the far-right, anti-Semitic Jobbik? Apparently, cooperation with the fringe isn’t a problem any longer. Because now it’s Hungary’s left-liberal Greens cozying up to the extreme right. And by their silence, many of the same people think that’s ok.
Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán schloss sich am Wochenende im Rahmen der Veranstaltung „Budapest Summit on Migration“ der Meinung anderer prominenter politischer Persönlichkeiten an, einschließlich des ehemaligen französischen Präsidenten Nicolas Sarkozy, und meinte, die Zuständigkeit für Migration und Grenzschutz sollte den EU-Mitgliedstaaten zurückgegeben, und an einen unabhängigen Rat der EU-Innenminister delegiert werden.
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.
Mit aufrichtigen Kommentaren zu der allmählichen Verschiebung der Europäischen Volkspartei nach links und die ununterbrochenen Bemühungen um eine Einwanderungsagenda in Brüssel forderte Ministerpräsident Orbán die Wähler auf, sich bei den Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament am 26. Mai in großer Zahl teilzunehmen, und erklärte, dass Ungarn dem Druck nicht nachgeben darf.
With candid remarks about the leftward drift of the European People’s Party and the continued efforts in Brussels to impose a pro-immigration agenda, Prime Minister Orbán called on voters to turn out in large numbers at the European Parliamentary elections on May 26th and said that Hungary must not back down in the face of pressure.
Drawing on the remarks of other prominent political figures at this weekend’s Budapest Summit on Migration, including former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán concluded that migration and border protection competences should be returned to the EU’s member states and delegated to an independent council comprised of EU interior ministers.
Der Ministerpräsident hat die Aufstellung eines neuen Europäischen Rates der Innenminister gefordert, der in Sachen Migration und Schengen-Raum die Verantwortung übernimmt, ein starkes Gremium, das diese Angelegenheiten als Sachverständiger und nicht als Politiker behandeln würde.
Der Ministerpräsident hat die Aufstellung eines neuen Europäischen Rates der Innenminister gefordert, der in Sachen Migration und Schengen-Raum die Verantwortung übernimmt, ein starkes Gremium, das diese Angelegenheiten als Sachverständiger und nicht als Politiker behandeln würde.
Ein offizielles Dokument der Europäischen Kommission kommt zu dem Schluss, dass Brüssel den Text des UN Global Compact für Migration [GCM, Globaler Pakt für eine sichere, geordnete und reguläre Migration) annehmen sollte. Sobald dies der Fall ist, sind die EU-Mitgliedstaaten zur Einhaltung verpflichtet. Außer Acht gelassen wurde dabei die Tatsache, dass neun der EU-28 sich gegen das Abkommen ausgesprochen hatten.
“Ohne die Verteidigung unserer christlichen Kultur verlieren wir Europa, und Europa wird nicht mehr den Europäern gehören“, sagte der ungarische Ministerpräsident heute. In seiner Festrede anlässlich des 171. Jahrestages der Revolution von 1848/49 in Ungarn sprach der Ministerpräsident auch über die ungarische nationale Einheit und eine "mitteleuropäische Renaissance."
An official European Commission document concludes that Brussels should adopt the text of the UN Global Compact for Migration. Once it does, EU member states would be obliged to comply. Never mind that nine out of the EU-28 oppose the GCM.
“Without the protection of our Christian culture, we are going to lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to the Europeans,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today. In his remarks honoring the 171st anniversary of Hungary’s 1848-49 revolution, the PM also talked about Hungarian national unity and a “Central European renaissance”.
Independence and freedom stand among the most important values for every generation of Hungarians, in all ages, and the motto of this year’s March 15 celebration speaks to our love of country: “The homeland comes first”.
Brussels eurocrats believe that migration is a positive phenomenon and something that should be facilitated. The Hungarian government, however, sees migration in a completely different light: mass immigration destabilizes, poses serious risks to our European Christian civilization, and should be stopped.
The prime minister has called for setting up a new European council of ministers of interior to take responsibility for migration and Schengen Area issues, a strong body that would handle these matters as experts, rather than politicians.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been saying so for months. It’s so important, in fact, says the PM, that it’s shaking up the traditional left-right alignment of politics and creating a contest between those who support immigration and those who oppose it.
The role of NATO will be enhanced due to Europe’s fragile security, said Prime Minister Orbán on Sunday, as he thanked the Visegrád countries for their help defending the southern borders of Hungary from illegal migration. The PM was speaking at a celebration in Wesoła, Poland, marking the twentieth anniversary of the accession to NATO of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the fifteenth anniversary of Slovakia’s joining the alliance.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio earlier today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the ruling party’s relations with the EPP, his call for a new council of interior ministers to handle immigration and the implementation of the family support package.
Some 64 thousand migrants have received financial support through anonymous debit cards, and the European Commission allocated over 57 million euros to the project in 2017 alone. They don’t even deny it.
In an essay published yesterday on the official Élysée website, President Macron calls “For European Renewal with a program based on freedom, protection and progress. “We should ban,” the president writes, “the funding of European political parties by foreign powers.” We need to protect our democracies against foreign powers seeking to manipulate them.
Haben Sie gemerkt, wie die Bürokraten von Brüssel von „Grenzverwaltung” statt „Grenzschutz” oder „Grenzverteidigung” sprechen? Dies ist kein Zufall. Das lässt einen grundsätzlichen Unterschied in unserem Ansatz zu Migration erkennen. Für die Vertreter der migrationsfreundlichen Lobby ist Einwanderung ein positives Ergebnis und die nationalen Grenzen sind die Hindernisse.
Have you noticed how the bureaucrats in Brussels talk about “border management” instead of saying “border protection” or “border defense”? It’s not a coincidence. It betrays a fundamental difference in how we approach migration. For those in the pro-migration lobby, immigration is a positive outcome and national borders are the obstacles.
The National Bank of Hungary has presented its new competitiveness program, a 330-point plan that adapts to Hungarian circumstances best practices from around the world to improve the country’s potential to be a contender and close the gap on Hungary’s level development compared to its western neighbors.
Am Montag hat die Europäische Kommission zu der an die ungarischen Bürger gerichtete Kommunikation der Regierung, wonach „jeder das Recht hat zu wissen was Brüssel vorhat” eine Stellung genommen. Die Reaktion der Kommission wurde online auf Ungarisch unter dem Titel „Fakten über die Migrationspolitik der EU” veröffentlicht und beinhaltet eine Illustration (wiederum in ungarischer Sprache), die sagt „Sie haben das Recht zu wissen, was Fakt und was Fiktion ist.”
On Monday, the European Commission issued a response to the government’s communication to Hungarian citizens that “everyone has a right to know what Brussels is planning.” The Commission response was published online in Hungarian as “Facts about the EU’s migration policy” and features an illustration (again in Hungarian) that says “You also have a right to know what is fact and what is fiction.”
In his regular Kossuth Rádió interview this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the European Parliamentary election campaign, the importance of informing Hungarians about Brussels’ plans and touched upon the early responses to the government’s latest pro-family package.
In seinem regelmäßigen Radiointerview sprach Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán heute Morgen über den Europa-Wahlkampf und darüber, wie wichtig es ist, die Ungarn über die Pläne von Brüssel zu informieren, und ging auch auf die ersten Reaktionen auf das neueste Familienpaket der Regierung ein.
Gerade wenn man denkt, schlimmer kann es nicht mehr kommen. Ungarns rechtsextreme Partei Jobbik, beschloss im Dezember 2018 einen ihrer stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden wegen seiner antisemitischen Äußerungen zu entlassen und ersetzte ihn durch einen anderen, der die Idee unterstützte, eine Liste von Juden aufzustellen.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any worse. Hungary’s far-right, extremist party, Jobbik, decided in December 2018 to dismiss one of its vice presidents because of his anti-Semitic statements and replaced him with another who backed the idea of drawing up a list of Jews.
Finally, someone stood up and called them to account. And not just anybody. This is the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, ringing the alarm bell that Hungary’s opposition parties, the left-wing liberals, are considering an alliance with the far-right, anti-Semitic Jobbik.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Budapest today. His was the first visit to Hungary of a secretary of state in eight years. It comes at a time when the relationship between Hungary and the United States is bearing fruit in areas that mean a lot to our two countries.
A few months ago, in the lead up to last year’s general elections, this member of Hungary’s opposition was touring the country saying his party refused any cooperation with far-right, extremist Jobbik, a party he claimed to be “full of Nazis” that are “now presented in different packaging.” You won’t believe what he just said in a television interview.
The European Parliament’s recent actions point in one, rather unfortunate direction: instead of representing the citizens of Europe, the pro-migration forces are increasingly pushing a policy that advances the Soros plan.
“When it comes to important issues, and we listen and pay attention to the people, we get their answers,” PM Orbán said in this morning’s interview on Kossuth Rádió. Besides the results of the latest national consultation, the prime minister touched upon the upcoming European Parliament’s debate on rule of law in Hungary and George Soros’s efforts to expand his influence in the European Commission.
For years, critics in the international media and other circles have tried to stick Prime Minister Orbán with the anti-Semitism charge. The prime minister endured repeated demands from these people to denounce or distance himself from the rhetoric of Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik, as if he were responsible for their extremism.
Yesterday, the Hungarian nation and the world of motion pictures lost a great man. Andrew G. Vajna, or as the world knows him, Andy Vajna, the producer behind blockbuster movies and committed supporter of the Hungarian film industry, died at age 74 in his Budapest home, succumbing to a long illness.
Today will go down as a dark day in the history of the European Union. The pro-migration forces have asserted a majority in the European Parliament. They’re blackmailing Hungary and other member states that oppose immigration and are handing out EU taxpayers’ money to NGOs to promote and assist immigration.
Today’s edition of the German weekly, Die Zeit, features a lengthy rant by a contributor by the name of Liviu Matei, who paints a rather unfavorable image of Hungary under the Orbán Government. We’ve grown accustomed since 2010 to this kind of hyperbole, but this one really goes over the top.
Some claim that the notion of a pro-migration lobby is nonsense, that Brussels came up with the migrant quota for the sake of Member States and in response to the crisis that erupted in 2015. This idea that there are forces at work in the background driving an agenda to enable migration to Europe rather than stop it – this idea, some say, is the stuff of conspiracy theories. If you’re one of those who still believe it’s nonsense, let me show you something interesting.
This morning, Prime Minister Orbán held a press conference with nearly 50 media outlets, domestic and international. After an opening statement, he took questions for almost two hours (!) in a lively free-wheeling exchange.
The upcoming European Parliamentary elections will be decisive, said Prime Minister Orbán at the government’s first press conference of the year in an opening statement before an extended and free-wheeling Q&A session with domestic and international press. As Hungary remains the only EU state that has asked its citizens directly about migration, these EP elections present an opportunity for the people of Europe to decide about the continent’s future.
Judith Sargentini will complement the Hungarian opposition’s all-star squad this afternoon in Brussels at a demonstration against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government. Here are some inconvenient details that they won’t be mentioning. So grab a seat, Sargentini is coming!
Recently, Prime Minister Orbán sat for an exclusive interview that was published December 23rd in the Austrian paper Österreich and the online portal oe24.at. The interviewer, Dóra Varró, covered a range of topics from migration to the coming European Parliamentary elections. Here are some highlights.
“A difference should be drawn,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning, “between vandalism, violence and expressing a political opinion.” In his regular radio interview, the prime minister also spoke about the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in April, the EU-Africa Summit, and the new rules in the Labor Code.
Yesterday, the government of Hungary and the United States Agency for International Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase coordination to help communities in the Middle East recover from genocide and persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
We’ve approached the editors of the Spanish El Pais many times to ask for the right to reply to their biased reporting. Last week’s commentary, “La libertad en juego,” was yet another unfortunate example. Here’s my letter that they refused to publish.
“The Hungarian national economy has become a powerful and shock resistant economy, one that is able to provide jobs for the people,” Prime Minister Orbán said this morning, commenting on Q3 GDP growth topping 5 percent. In his regular radio interview, the PM talked about the reasons behind Hungary’s economic success, the ongoing national consultation and the affronts coming from Brussels.
The editorial board of The New York Times, a veritable Wikipedia gold mine of names from America’s left-wing elite, has once again turned its indignant wrath on Hungary and Prime Minister Orbán. The editors and publishers who make up the board are hot and bothered about the prime minister’s “right-wing, nativist, nationalist politics.” They’re so woke.
Hungary’s position on Ukraine remains clear and unwavering, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó made that plain in his statements at a press conference on Tuesday while attending the NATO meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.
Following his stop in Bratislava to attend the Friends of Cohesion summit, where he predicted “difficult negotiations concerning the next seven-year EU budget,” Prime Minister Orbán was in Prague to meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to talk economic cooperation, V4 and the upcoming EP elections.
A group of US congressmen have expressed their “strong support” to Prime Minister Orbán and his democratically elected government following the “decision by the European Parliament to punish Hungary for exercising its rights to sovereignty and the promotion of its national identity.”
The announcement yesterday that the government of Hungary is putting forth 1.5 million EUR to fight anti-Semitism in Europe gives us an opportunity to talk frankly about this problem. Or better yet, let’s take a hard look at who is just talking and who is doing something about it.
Last week, I wrote a letter to the editor of Handelsblatt in response to an editorial, “In defense of Soros,” by its own editor-in-chief, Andreas Kluth, in which he claimed that “conspiracy theories about George Soros are spreading from Hungary,” and then linked them to the “vilest forms of European anti-Semitism”.
Hungarian authorities on Tuesday granted asylum to former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski. Since announcing his request last week, the government of Hungary has emphasized that the case is one of a purely legal nature, where international protocols on asylum and Hungary’s laws dictate procedure. Some questions have been raised about how the case came about, how Hungary followed the rules and how the decision was reached. Here are a few of those questions and the responses.
“The issue of the migrant debit cards came as a surprise even for weather-beaten veterans like me,” Prime Minister Orbán said this morning, adding that handing out anonymous debit cards to “people we don’t know” is a direct threat to the lives of Europeans. In his regular Friday morning radio interview, the PM talked about migration, Brexit, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and relations with neighboring countries.
Europe’s demographic decline comes as no surprise to anyone even superficially acquainted with current birthrates around the continent. Although some in western Europe have already decided that immigration offers the only way to make up for the loss, the Orbán Government pursues another solution -- make it easier for the nation’s own citizens to have bigger families – and in this national consultation, we’re asking citizens for their input on how to do that.
The government of Hungary confirmed on Wednesday that the former prime minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, has submitted an asylum request to Hungarian authorities in Budapest and his request is under evaluation in the Immigration and Asylum Office in accordance with both Hungarian and international law. Since that announcement, a number of questions have been raised. Here are some of those questions and the responses.
Last week, Süddeutsche Zeitung published an article criticizing Hungary’s laws that place restrictions on sleeping rough on public property. The author, a law professor, even went as far as associating it with the dark, Nazi past of his homeland. I sent the editors a response, which they never published. Here’s that response:
Having just returned from the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Orbán sat for his regular radio interview this morning to talk about the upcoming EP elections, the UN migration pact, the ongoing national consultation and the liberal hysteria around the “Soros university”.
Gathering more than 79 percent of the votes, Weber’s victory sends a powerful message that the EPP’s parliamentary group leader has emerged as a serious contender to become president of the European Commission following the EP elections next May.
Hungary just needs to sign the agreement, say the liberal critics. The CEU has gone to great lengths to fulfill everything they were required to do under Hungary’s Law on Higher Education. “Academic freedom” must be preserved!
Today, “we must not be swept along by European events in the way we were in 1914,” said Prime Minister Orbán comparing Europe’s contemporary events to the situation preceding the outbreak of the First World War.
The reopening of the Museum of Fine Arts signals the end of an era of cultural policy that “aped others and therefore was mediocre,” Prime Minister Orbán said. In a Europe where national heritage and identity are at peril, the reopening also repays a debt that has been standing for more than seventy years.
National consultation has become a powerful tool in recent years to invite citizen participation in major decision-making processes between election cycles. Since 2010, the government has solicited citizen input on a number of high-profile policy choices including the new Fundamental Law, economic issues, social security, conditions affecting pensioners, and immigration. This time it’s about family protection and it gets underway in just a few days.
At a press conference in Budapest this afternoon, Central European University Rector Michael Ignatieff claimed that because the Hungarian government will not sign or ratify an agreement concerning CEU in Hungary, the University plans to move parts of its operations to Vienna.
“We would have never thought,” Prime Minister Orbán said, that 29 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Europe – once again – has to face a massive challenge. This time, it’s not “an external military threat, American or Russian endeavors that put Europe’s future in jeopardy,” but it’s Europe itself. This is why “we have to vote for the future of patriotism and national pride,” the PM said.
Even though “we have successfully defended Hungary’s right to protect its own borders,” Prime Minister Orbán said, “the debate remained the same.” However, they’ve put a new idea on the table, and it’s “the best proposal” to date.
Brussels has just published its latest plans, and it’s a “collection of horror stories for the Hungarian people.” In his regular Friday morning radio interview Prime Minister Orbán touched on a number of topics, including Brussels’ intention to take away from member states their authority to protect the border, the global conflict between globalists and nationalists and the main driving force behind Hungarian foreign policy.
According to Prime Minister Orbán, the story of Hungary’s survival teaches a lesson to today’s Europe: we should protect our identity, our culture or else “we will fall victim to a creeping pan-European cultural surrender.”
“The security of Hungary is directly related to the stability of Turkey,” Prime Minister Orbán said during a joint press conference after his talks on Tuesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Later, he reiterated Turkey’s indispensable role in stopping the flood of illegal migrants and spoke about economic ties between Hungary and Turkey.
Hungary-Ukraine relations have seen better days and Ukraine’s recent decision to expel a Hungarian consul is merely the latest in an unfortunate downward trend. There is, however, one fundamental point that is often overlooked and ignored in the media crossfire.
Labeled the black sheep of Europe a few years ago, with an economy that required IMF emergency bailout, Hungary’s economic success story continues to yield record-breaking numbers. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the latest
The government of Hungary is planning to establish independent, administrative courts that would have the authority to adjudicate disputes in matters of public administration. While independent administrative courts are common to many EU countries, the move to create these courts in Hungary has raised some of the usual questions about judicial reform and independence. This brief Q&A offers some answers.
Last week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, an unelected public servant who is charged with representing our common EU standpoint, presented his own views as if they were the common, European policy. That’s a problem. “This man is our employee,” said Prime Minister Orbán. “It is his duty to represent us.”
PM Orbán has been saying it for years. Europe must make border security the top priority, before any discussion of quotas or anything of the kind. Now, as we heard in Salzburg this week, some are finally coming around to the stark reality that protecting Europe’s border is serious business. That’s generally a step in the right direction, but some of the proposals out there take things off track.
“It is in Hungary’s national interest that cooperation between the two parts of Europe are as good as possible,” PM Orbán said following his meeting with President Putin, adding that Hungary-Russia connections play a special role in this relation. During his joint press conference with the Russian president, the prime minister talked about the expansion of the Paks nuclear plant, future natural gas shipments, economic relations between the two countries and the protection of the persecuted of Christians.
“We will not let anyone take away even a tiny bit of our right to border protection,” PM Orbán said in his address to the opening session of Parliament, adding that Hungary as a country is neither a transit zone, nor a holding camp. He also confirmed that the government will take legal steps against the EP’s decision last week to adopt the Sargentini Report.
“Angela Merkel has said that the plan is that part of the border control should be handed over from frontier states to Brussels,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning, “which means that “they want to take away from us the keys to the gate.”
News from today’s vote in the European Parliament report that the Sargentini Report proposing an Article 7 procedure against Hungary has passed with the necessary “two-thirds majority.” Passage, however, relied on voting fraud, a violation of clear voting procedures, and the Hungarian government is currently evaluating possible avenues for legal remedy, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said during this afternoon’s press conference in Budapest.
“Hungary will not yield to blackmail,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in today’s European Parliament debate on the Sargentini Report. “It is going to halt illegal migration and defend its rights - even against you, if need be.”
Today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament convenes in plenary to debate something called the Sargentini Report on issues in Hungary. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s a short roundup of a few things you should know.
As I wrote in Part 1, the European Parliament will convene in plenary next Tuesday to debate a resolution to trigger an Article 7 procedure against Hungary for alleged violations of the rule of law. Following the debate, it could be put to a vote on Wednesday. According to sources in the EP, liberals and leftists have become so desperate to push through the Sargentini Report that they would resort to an underhanded voting trick.
The European Parliament convenes in plenary next week to consider a resolution to impose sanctions on Hungary for alleged violations of the rule of law. The motion would trigger the Article 7 procedure, the so-called “nuclear option,” against a member state. That’s serious stuff.
As the European Parliament prepares to debate next week a report on the state of rule of law in Hungary, a new charge against the Hungarian government has delivered a noisy and convenient distraction from the underwhelming substance of the so-called Sargentini report.
It is Matteo Salvini’s mission to prove that migration can be stopped not only on land but also at sea, said Prime Minister Orbán, adding that even though Hungary has already shown the world that immigrants can be stopped at the border, Brussels’ migration policy still focuses on “managing” the crisis instead of putting an end to the influx of intruders.
Following the work of the last eight years, the people have given the government a mandate to lead Hungary into a new age, Prime Minister Orbán said in Tusnádfürdő this morning, calling for the rebuilding of the whole region of Central Europe.
With the NATO summit taking place today and tomorrow in Brussels, it’s a good time to review what’s going on today in Ukraine and the very clear reasons why Hungary is saying no to Ukraine’s further NATO integration. This has been going on for several months now, but unfortunately – apart from minor changes in policy and tone – we haven’t seen any meaningful progress.
Late last week, US Ambassador David Cornstein presented his credentials to President János Áder in Budapest. We’re delighted to have a new ambassador from the US, and Mr. Cornstein’s arrival comes at a time when relations between Hungary and the US seem to be entering a new era.
The latest LIBE report is, in fact, nothing other than yet another Soros report, said Prime Minister Orbán earlier this week, and it’s aimed at applying pressure on Hungary to make the country change its position on migration.
Last Friday, the Venice Commission published its opinion on Hungary’s recently adopted Stop Soros legislative package. Regretfully, instead of acting in its capacity as an expert legal advisory body, the Commission seems to be more comfortable repeating political opinions.
The third annual Jewish Art Days Festival invigorated Budapest’s already lively cultural scene between May 28 and June 10. Filling more than 20 venues with dozens of programs across the capital, the festival is becoming an early-summer tradition in the city and yet another sign that Hungary’s Jewish community is seeing a renaissance of their culture.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Hungary’s public radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the Stop Soros package, migration, a “disturbance in the force” within the EU, and the Visegrád Group. “We have never been stronger than we are now,” he said, referring to yesterday’s Visegrád Four plus Austria summit.
According to PM Orbán, the draft budget for 2019 is “massive and earthquake-resistant” and “in line with the goals of the Hungarian nation.” However, the draft of the 2021-2027 EU budget seeks to reward economic policies that failed to observe financial discipline.
On April 8th, Hungarian voters made it clear that they don’t want to see Hungary become an immigrant country and they reject the idea of being told who may be given the right to live in their own country. Responding to that mandate, the will of the people, the Hungarian government has recently submitted a proposed amendment to Hungary’s Fundamental Law. Here’s a look at the details.
‘In today’s Europe, one needs Chancellor Kohl’s temper and bravery,’ said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a speech delivered on Saturday, the anniversary of the passing of the former chancellor and father of German reunification
While the outcome of recent elections and sources of political instability in Europe figured prominently in Prime Minister Orbán’s interview this morning on Kossuth Radio, he also warned about the coming “high tide” of migration and touched on Hungary’s budget for next year as well as the planned amendment to the Fundamental Law
When Steve Bannon spoke at the Future of Europe conference in Budapest recently he mentioned that he had just been interviewed by the BBC and that at the end of what was a lengthy conversation, the reporter had to get in one last question. Her last question was about Hungary and Viktor Orbán, and she was so unnerved, said Bannon, that “her head blew up.”
On election day nearly two months ago, the voters of Hungary sent a clear message. They made it clear that they don’t want Hungary to become an immigrant country and that the country’s security comes first. To serve the will of the people and meet this obligation, the Orbán Government has put forth the Stop Soros legislative package. What’s in the new package? Let’s take a look at the details.
“We can’t carry out the work of the next four years without inserting it into a long-term plan,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning in his regular interview with Hungary’s public Kossuth Radio. The PM shared specific plans, touched upon the emptiness of liberal democracy, talked about an upcoming national consultation and explained how the Stop Soros package will bolster Hungary’s security.
Ukraine did the right thing when it recently withdrew a bill that would strip dual citizens of their Ukrainian citizenship. However, as Foreign Minister Szijjártó said last week, this is only “the first step” if the country is serious about its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
“Back in 1990," said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday during a parliamentary session following the official swearing in of his fourth government, “Europe was our future, but now we’re Europe’s future.” In his address, the prime minister talked about his new government’s priorities and stressed the importance of border protection.
If you haven’t been to Budapest lately, you should do yourself a favor and visit. One of Europe’s great capitals is going to get even better in the coming years, and this week, Hungary embarks on its first-ever tourist campaign to promote Budapest as one of Europe’s best destinations.
“Hungary is ready to take on a big challenge” as “the stars above Hungary shine brighter than ever,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his inaugural address this afternoon, a speech that touched on the future of Hungary and the European Union and taking on the impossible.
The unveiling of the statue of Karl Marx is clearly a salute to the Communist idea and practice. It’s a message of global political significance. If the leaders of the EU do not understand this, it’s a big problem. But if they do understand it, then the problem is even greater because in that case the conflict between us is insurmountable.
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, the recent decision on family supplements by the Austrian Government is unfair and unjust to the people of Hungary. PM Orbán’s government will do whatever it takes to protect the interests of Hungarians abroad.
Speaking at last Thursday’s session of the European Parliament’s LIBE committee, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reiterated Hungary’s strong opposition to any pro-migration plan. The draft report – which would call for the nuclear option of an Article 7 procedure to be launched against Hungary – is “a collection of compounded lies” and takes a stance far removed from facts and reality, he said.
“Keep calm,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, referring to discussions over the EU’s next multi-year budget. The debate will be long and drawn out, but ultimately it has to have unanimous support, and “as long as Hungarians do not say okay, there won’t be any budget.”
In the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s – albeit perhaps a bit less youthful – a group of “academics, writers and activists” recently called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to condemn Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and have his party “expelled” from the EPP party alliance.
The mainstream western media put up an unprecedented ballyhoo about the elections in Hungary. It feels good but somewhat funny as well. It feels good because it has been my strong conviction for a long time that Hungary is the centre of the world and a flower on God’s hat, as the old folk saying goes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this view of mine is shared by the “whole” West.
The sweeping April 8th victory of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the governing parties in Hungary’s parliamentary elections came as a surprise to many and not only the political opposition. Among those grieving the loss, we find not only opposition candidates but many who otherwise present themselves as impartial – like members of the international press corps.
Last Saturday, the National Elections Office published the official results of the April 8 parliamentary elections. With all votes counted and a high 70.22 percent turnout, Prime Minister Orbán has secured a third consecutive two-thirds supermajority in Hungary’s National Assembly. Here’s a quick summary of what’s next.
As the dust settles after Sunday’s parliamentary elections, a clearer picture is now emerging of what happened on that extraordinary day. It will take a few days yet before the final results become official, but in the meantime, here are five takeaways from Hungary’s 2018 parliamentary elections.
More than three quarters of EU citizens are worried about illegal immigration in their countries, and 78 percent believe that the external borders of Europe should be better protected, according to an EU-wide survey conducted by the Századvég Foundation.
“Sooner or later the main question in every country will be migration,” said PM Orbán, who noted that for the first time since he began calling attention to the challenges of migration, he has begun to see more EU countries devoting serious attention to the issue.
According to a recently uncovered statement by Tracie Ahern, former chief financial officer of the Soros Fund Management, the billionaire financier commands a quasi-mercenary force of at least 2,000 people, tasked with achieving three goals: bringing down Prime Minister Orbán’s government, dismantling the border fence, and promoting immigration to Hungary.
They’re not giving in, those who see quotas and pro-immigration policies as Europe’s answer to the migration crisis. We’ll see a “decisive showdown” in June, said Prime Minister Orbán this week, when the EU’s heads of state and government will gather in Brussels again. Immigration will feature as one of the overriding issues on the agenda.
An article published in today's Magyar Idők - the first in what the author says will be a series of reports - takes a close look at a group called Migration Aid and one of its leaders, András Siewert. It raises some troubling questions.
“They want to take our country away. Not with the stroke of a pen like they did a hundred years ago in Trianon,” said Prime Minister Orbán in his March 15th address before a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s 1848 Revolution and War of Independence, “but that we voluntarily hand it over to others in the decades to come.”
The European Commission released last week the biannual country report on Hungary. Aside from a few words of praise for the government’s role in Hungary’s economic turnaround, what we find is a disappointing list of old issues and a clear attempt on the part of the Brussels bureaucracy to influence the outcome of Hungary’s upcoming parliamentary elections.
“I believe in simple things – work, homeland, families,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier this week in his address to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce. He then reiterated the four pillars that define Hungary’s economy policies: competitiveness, a workfare society, good demographics and identity-based politics. “All decisions made by this government could fit into these categories.”
When POLITICO Europe published that story this morning on the retrial of a man facing charges in Hungary after an attack on Hungarian border guards, the reporter and editors left a lot out of the story.
The Orbán Government strongly disagrees with the draft of the UN’s Global Compact on Migration, but we have decided to remain at the table and have put forward a list of alternatives to influence the debate.
“If we don’t want to become an immigrant country we’ll have to join our forces and fight this battle together,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, adding that with the upcoming elections Hungary’s future is at stake.
Recent reports indicate that workers from the eastern member states of the European Union are returning home following work experience in western Europe. Booming econ-omies in the new member states are creating a pull factor, enticing workers to return to their home countries. And as they return home, they’re shattering a myth that critics have propagated for years.
The robust economic growth we’re now seeing, based on an economic policy that includes tax cuts and wage increases, has produced a significant increase in the Hungarian people’s standard of living, said Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga.
Recently, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel sent an ultimatum to the Visegrád countries. The essence of the ultimatum was that by the end of June, if a consensus is not reached in the European Council, then the mandatory migrant quota system will be adopted with a qualified majority vote - overruling dissenters.
On Sunday, The New York Times published a 2,500-word article on Hungary, “As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible.” It even appeared on the front page of the print edition, featured front and center with photos, under a somewhat less subtle title, “Taking an Ax to Democracy as Europe Fidgets.”
The latest numbers are out. Unemployment has reached a record low of 3.8 percent. According to 2017 fourth quarter data released last week by the Central Statistical Office, unemployment has been on the decline for 66 consecutive months.
An “alliance of common sense” is in the making, said Prime Minister Orbán, countries that ask where it would lead if we accept the right to migration as a fundamental human right and allow the UN to oversee international migration. Hungary will not participate in anything that runs counter to its security interests.
President János Áder has set April 8 as the date of Hungary’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Our electoral system and the changes made to it back in 2011 are once again generating some conversation – and misinformation – so here’s a brief rundown on how it works and a look back at the changes.
This three-step legislative package creates a new situation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in his radio interview this morning. “Everybody, including George Soros, can decide what to do. Stop supporting or continue to organize and support illegal migration.”
The latest edition of Freedom in the World, an annual survey published by the Soros-funded Freedom House, places Hungary among a group of “states that a decade ago seemed like promising success stories” but are now “sliding into authoritarian rule.”
Syrians running for their lives have every right to enter the first safe state they reach, but the EU shouldn’t let them march through Europe. Schengen, one of the EU’s greatest achievements has to be protected because if we fail to defend our external borders then the internal ones will have to be closed again. Prime Minister Orbán in Welt am Sonntag on migration, Europe, Germany and the mutual lack of understanding between East and West.
Hungary’s economic turnaround is gaining steam. Official data from the fourth quarter shows GDP growth will reach 4.1 percent in 2017, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8 percent, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said recently.
This week’s shameful example of anti-Hungary bias and ignorance comes to us – I regret to report – from the hallowed halls of the United States Senate. On January 10th, the minority staff – I’ll come back to that in a moment – of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee published a report entitled, “Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security.”
Responding to Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose’s claim that the Szekler people will hang next to their flag, if they dare to fly it, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said that threatening an ethnic minority with execution is unacceptable
“We didn’t want migrants, you did,” Prime Minister Orbán said in an interview published this week in the German daily Bild, adding that Germany and Angela Merkel’s infamous Wilkommenskultur were at the forefront of support for immigration. Prime Minister Orbán, however, has pushed for a different approach, insisting that the borders of Europe must be protected to preserve the freedoms achieved within the EU and that illegal immigration has a direct impact on security.
The first days of January offer a good time to take stock and consider some life improvements for the twelve months to come. Many are making New Year’s resolutions, including, it seems, the Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum.
Taking out of context and misinterpreting a statement that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made several weeks ago, an article published recently in Die Welt raises – again – the tired and groundless charges of anti-Semitism.
“We are the economic engine of the European Union,” Prime Minister Orbán said, standing next to his Polish counterpart, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, at their joint press conference in Budapest on Wednesday. Central Europe, he emphasized, is the fastest growing region within the EU.
In a Europe that has experienced acts of terrorism with increasing frequency in recent years, Hungary stands out as an island of security at the heart of the continent. The reasons are many, but important among them is the political will to keep it like that. In addition to the border fence securing an otherwise vulnerable stretch of the European Union’s southeastern border, the Orbán Government bolstered defense forces through the Zrinyi 2026 program.
When the Orbán Government entered office in 2010, the prime minister said that Hungary would offer employment over welfare checks. Critics quickly denounced it as inhumane. Seven years on, 741 thousand more Hungarians have jobs. Tens of thousands that suffered from long-term unemployment have rejoined the active labor force, reclaiming their dignity and self-respect, and it has helped many out of poverty.
I was beginning to wonder where she went. Everyone’s favorite ‘Hungary expert’ is back for her usual pre-election round of so-called scholarly analysis. Once again, Kim Lane Scheppele accuses the Hungarian government of gerrymandering and wonders at Prime Minister Orbán’s “brain melting” powers. I don’t even know where to start.
Recently, the popular, Hungarian weekly Heti Világgazdagság, or HVG, published an interview with Thomas O. Melia, a former deputy state secretary in the US State Department under the Obama Administration. The interview ran under the headline, “Everyone sees what is happening in Hungary.”
The key to a peaceful Europe, as the founding fathers have realized, is that ethnic minorities of Europe are respected and their fundamental rights protected. Those who dismiss the rights of Europe’s ethnic minorities risk fueling a trend that has caused Europe some of its worst nightmares and terrible armed conflicts.
In preparation for Thursday’s EU summit, President of the European Council Donald Tusk has circulated a note to EU leaders saying that “the issue of mandatory quotas has proven to be highly divisive and the approach has turned out to be ineffective.”
European values, democratic principles, rule of law. These are a few of the empty buzz words that the European political left uses in Brussels to justify politically motivated European Parliament hearings on governments they don’t like.
The Hungarian Parliament today rejected the European Parliament’s recent decision to establish a limitless and permanent migrant quota. In the resolution, Hungarian lawmakers said the decision would change irreversibly the continent’s future and called on the government to protect the country’s interests.
In the third quarter, Hungary’s GDP grew by 3.9 percent (4.1, if adjusted for seasonal and calendar effects), beating expectations and the EU average, which came in at 2.5 percent. Meanwhile, the country’s finances are finding stable footing, with the annual budget deficit remaining well below three percent and the debt-to-GDP ratio on the decline.
[The conversation below took place in Budapest, November 13, 2017, at Anne Applebaum’s request. As a frank and open exchange, it reveals several points of agreement and often disagreement on matters ranging from relations with the United States, George Soros, press freedom and more.
Last week, Budapest played host to the 7th China-CEEC Summit, gathering Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the prime ministers, heads of state and senior figures from 11 EU member states and five non-EU countries to advance cooperation between China and Central and Eastern Europe.
In recent days, the chairman of Hungary’s far-right political party Jobbik publicly declared his intention to form an alliance with left-wing opposition parties LMP and Momentum. The latter have not ruled out the possibility.
As I wrote last week, the European Parliament approved a regulation that would introduce a permanent and mandatory migrant quota system without an upper limit on the number of migrants to be admitted. What’s more, it says that the evaluation of asylum claims will no longer be carried out by the country of first entry, and all member states will have to accommodate migrants on an involuntary basis. Countries that don’t cooperate would be politically and financially penalized.
All Hungarian individuals and communities wherever they may live, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently, are part of one nation, and in an age when “national interests come first, even in the European Union,” Hungary aims to unite what is a global nation and make it stronger as a whole.
“Paid for by the taxpayers of the United States of America.” This would be the disclaimer that you might see on certain publications, if the US State Department were to begin handing out money next year, as it announced earlier this week, to support “independent” media outlets in Hungary.
Hate to say we told you so, but that moment that Hungary has long been warning against has arrived. The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) has approved a regulation that would introduce a mandatory migrant quota system without an upper limit on the number of migrants. If this regulation is enacted, the European Parliament has approved the permanent quota system and is carrying out the plan of billionaire financier George Soros, seemingly point by point.
Lately, Central Europe has become the driving force behind the European Union’s economic development. In the third quarter of this year, the EU’s economy expanded by 2.5 percent while Hungary’s GDP grew by 3.6 percent, and the V4 as a whole have been out-performing much of the rest of the EU.
Echo chambers – the lack of different opinions on a certain issue – are threatening people’s right to information in the modern age. In today’s world of social media saturated with fake news and sensational, online media fighting for page views, the echo chamber effect is growing, and those media outlets that pride themselves on professional journalism have a special obligation to restore a little reason to the discourse.
Under Soviet occupation, November 7 was a compulsory holiday in Hungary. Since the end of communism and the re-birth of a free Hungary, we remember the one hundred million victims of communism. In her recent piece in the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum uses November 7 as an opportunity to disparage democratic political parties and leaders – including Prime Minister Orbán – whom she dislikes, bizarrely comparing them to Bolsheviks.
In his blog post entitled, “Hungarian Leader Should Stop Meddling in Ukrainian Politics,” a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Mike Gonzalez, misunderstands why Hungary has become an outspoken critic of the new Ukrainian education law that limits minority rights
As a result of wars and the re-drawing of borders that have taken place in recent centuries, today’s borders in Europe rarely correspond to the physical location of the continent’s national groups. About one third of the 15 million-strong, ethnic Hungarian community, lives outside the borders of Hungary, mostly in the Carpathian Basin. These Hungarian communities, just as much as any other European national minorities, have the right to maintain their thousand year-old culture in the European Union.
With record-low unemployment, steadily increasing wages and other rock-solid indicators, the Hungarian economy is healthier than it’s been in years. The economic performance of Central Europe has become the driving force for growth in the EU, but that’s not the only reason why Hungarians can now be proud of their achievements over the course of the last seven years.
Last week while in London, I had the pleasure of sitting for an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on ITN’s Channel 4 News. Our conversation focused on the migration crisis and, specifically, Prime Minister Orbán’s opposition to allowing mass immigration to Europe.
Last week’s decision by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament to propose a limitless resettlement quota scheme and the EP’s newest Hungary-bashing report all point in one, disturbing direction: a concerted effort to push a pro-immigration agenda that would accept an unlimited number of migrants into Europe and to strong-arm any member states that dare to oppose.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio’s program 180 Minutes, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest European Council meeting and the machinations of the Soros network to aggressively drive a pro-immigration agenda.
Last spring, media and opinion leaders all over the world pilloried Hungary for what they claimed was an attempt to ‘shutter the Soros-funded Central European University’ and ‘crack down on freedom of education,’ following the introduction of administrative requirements in the amended law on higher education. The new rules imposed an impossible deadline, they argued, that could not be met.
As a sometimes vocal critic of certain EU policies and a leading figure in the move to strengthen borders, limit immigration and oppose pro-migration forces, Prime Minister Orbán has become a target of some sharp criticism. That’s to be expected, but among Prime Minister Orbán’s detractors, there is a special group on the extreme end of the spectrum that harbor an irrational fear and contempt.
October 23rd is a national holiday in Hungary, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight when our compatriots defied the Communist regime and stood up to Soviet military might. For decades, we were forbidden to celebrate it, to even talk about it, but today it’s among our most important national holidays.
On October 23rd, Hungarians celebrate the brave women and men who stood up to Soviet communist oppression and fought for their freedom against one of the world’s biggest armies. After a few glorious days of victory, the 1956 Hungarian Revolution was eventually overpowered by overwhelming military force, but the freedom fight drove the first nail into the coffin of communist oppression in the world.
Earlier this week, the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest delivered remarks on the freedom of the press. The remarks garnered a lot of attention not least because of the senior US diplomat’s very pointed criticisms and assertion that “negative trends are continuing” in the sphere of press freedom in Hungary.
There’s no such thing as a presumption of innocence when it comes to charges of corruption and allegations of misuse of EU funds in Hungary – at least for much of the media. Their negative bias compromises their journalistic integrity, and when news and information counters their narrative, they simply ignore it.
Hungary has surpassed another benchmark: the five-year, CDS premium fell below the 100 point-mark, to 98 points, at the end of September in another sign that investors are upbeat about the economic outlook.
Over the course of the last two weeks, the Financial Times has run no fewer than four – yes, four – articles maligning the Orbán Government for our opposition to George Soros’ pro-immigration agenda and for the usual charge of undemocratic behavior. We must have got under their skin.
The Hungarian government has put forward a unique effort in its global humanitarian initiative, Hungary Helps. It aims to achieve far more than what one would expect from a country of Hungary’s size, focusing particularly on assistance to troubled communities in their homeland, rather than promoting the resettlement to Europe of those in crisis zones.
For two years now, Hungary’s border fence, border patrol forces and stricter laws have dramatically reduced the number of illegal crossings on Europe’s southern border. Our commitment to strong borders is just one of the ways that Hungary fulfills its legal obligations and stands in solidarity with Europe in times of crisis.
In the European Union, we don’t take away the rights of children of historic minorities. Ukraine, by doing so, is taking a detour from its path into the EU and turning its back on European neighbors who stood by them in some of the most difficult times. Ukraine has brought this upon itself, and the consequences of this decision on the education law will be painful.
On Wednesday, the government published the national consultation on the Soros plan, one of a series of national consultations in which the government turns to the people in the form of public surveys to ask their opinion on subjects important to their daily lives. This seventh national consultation addresses the Soros Plan to resettle one million migrants in Europe per year. The consultation’s fundamental question is: should Hungary become an immigrant country or not?
Over 600 participants, representing 53 countries gathered last week in Budapest for the 67th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee of Europe. Selecting Hungary to host the event offers important recognition of the government’s dedication to building a healthier nation.
Earlier this week, I took a question from a journalist about the referendum on the independence of Catalonia. The government of Hungary has not taken a position on that, and I gave a general answer emphasizing precisely that point – that it is a matter of the internal politics of Spain, adding that the will of the people should be respected within the bounds of the rules.
Debt relief, child support, family housing incentives, support for household modernization – these are just some of the latest measures the government has announced in its effort to provide tangible support to Hungarian families.
Some media outlets seem to think that their proper role is not simply to report the news but to exert influence over public life by driving a political agenda. Perhaps all media organizations reflect a bias, but when a political agenda so dominates the media’s decision about what to cover and how to cover it that it completely undermines all objectivity and journalistic integrity, then we have a problem.
Protecting the borders of the 510 million-strong European community to ease the migration pressure on the old continent constitutes a meaningful demonstration of solidarity. Enforcing a dysfunctional, semi-legal political decision that only intensifies the illegal migration problem does not. Looks like some of the leading Eurocrats in Brussels have got their thinking twisted around.
“Hungary hadn’t been able to influence the fate of the Carpathian Basin since 1920,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said over the weekend in his annual address to the Civic Picnic in Kötcse, “but now, thanks to the achievements of the last seven years, Hungary plays a central role in the region.”
Recently, following his meeting with Irish PM Leo Varadkar Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau ‘sounded the alarm’ on the growing number of immigrants entering Canada. Although “Canada is an opening and welcoming society,” Prime Minister Trudeau said, “we are also a country of laws” and “there are rigorous immigration and customs rules that will be followed. Make no mistake”.
Recently, the UK newspaper Daily Star featured Hungary on a top ten list of “safe travel destinations with low threat of terrorism.” The ranking came just weeks after Minister János Lázár said that is Prime Minister Orbán’s aim to have Hungary considered among the top ten safest countries of the world.
“Clearly, the measures taken by the Hungarian government have no connection whatsoever with terrorism. Any such suggestion,” Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders said, is wrong, and I would like to disavow such claims.”