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Hungary hosts international military exercise focused on responding to illegal migration – still one of Europe’s gravest threats

Oct 18, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Homecoming: Remember that argument about how Hungarians are emigrating in masses?

Oct 16, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Inspiring Hungary: Wir präsentieren eine der leistungsstärksten Volkswirtschaften Europas!

Oct 08, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: “When they question the rule of law, they step on our honor”

Oct 01, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán an italienischen Ministerpräsidenten: „Bei Bedarf übernehmen wir den Schutz bestimmter Abschnitte der italienischen Grenze.“

Sep 30, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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“.

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PM Orbán to Italian PM: ‘If necessary, we will take over protection of certain sections of the Italian border’

Sep 29, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán: „Wir haben einen christlich-demokratischen Staat aufgebaut“ und „bilden die Mehrheit im Volk“

Sep 24, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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PM Orbán: “We have built a Christian democratic state” and “we are a majority among the people”

Sep 21, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán über die neue Europäische Kommission: Die V4-Länder haben wichtige Portfolios gewonnen

Sep 17, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán on the new European Commission: The V4 countries have won vital portfolios

Sep 13, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Remembering Steindl, here’s a list of Budapest’s 10 most beautiful buildings

Aug 30, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Is this what Brussels calls solidarity?

Aug 28, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: Freedom fighters like us always knew there was one, single Europe

Aug 19, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán in Tusványos: “Das Wesen der illiberalen Demokratie ist der Schutz der christlichen Freiheit“

Jul 30, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán at Tusványos: “The essence of illiberal democracy is the protection of Christian liberty”

Jul 27, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: We can only support EU leaders who respect Central Europe

Jun 14, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán in Transylvania: We need a Europe that can ensure the safe future of our children

May 10, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán an eine österreichische Tageszeitung: Europa sollte das österreichische Modell übernehmen, bei dem sich die Mitte-Rechts-Partei mit der Rechten verbündet

May 06, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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:

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Und noch einmal: nein, wir lassen die Menschen in der Transitzone nicht „hungern“

May 03, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.“

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Happy birthday, NATO! Ungarn und die USA feiern mit der Unterzeichnung eines Verteidigungsabkommens

Apr 10, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Jobbik-LMP-Romanze: Fraktionsvorsitzende der Grünen/EFA meint: „Das ist verrückt!"

Apr 05, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán: Man sollte der Kommission die Migration und den Grenzschutz wegnehmen und sie den nationalen Regierungen zurückgeben

Mar 28, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán: "Wir sind nicht bereit, das zu tun, was Brüssel uns diktiert, wenn es für die Ungarn nicht gut ist."

Mar 27, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: Take migration and border protection away from the Commission, give them back to the national governments

Mar 23, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ich hasse es Ihnen unter die Nase zu reiben, aber wir haben es ja gesagt! Die Europäische Kommission zieht die Annahme des gescheiterten Globalen Paktes für Migration in Erwägung

Mar 19, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán: “Ohne die christliche Kultur wird es in Europa kein freies Leben geben“

Mar 18, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

“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."

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PM Orbán at NATO anniversary in Warsaw: “If we do not take help where it is needed, then the problems will come to us”

Mar 11, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Sie haben das Recht zu wissen: einige in Brüssel denken, dass unsere nationalen Grenzen ein bedauerliches Hindernis für die Einwanderung darstellen

Feb 28, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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You have the right to know: some in Brussels think your national borders are an unfortunate obstacle to immigration

Feb 28, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Sie haben das Recht zu wissen: Brüssel und die endlose Geschichte der Migrantenquote

Feb 27, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.”

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You have the right to know: Brussels and the never-ending story of the migrant quota

Feb 27, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.”

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PM Orbán: Next week’s debate on Hungary in the European Parliament “will be a Soros-style session, election rally and campaign event”

Jan 25, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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Just how long have the pro-migration forces in Brussels been scheming about a migrant quota?

Jan 14, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: ‘Our goal is that opponents of immigration become a majority in the institutions of the EU’

Jan 10, 2019

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.

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PM Orbán on the double-standards of Brussels: ‘Democracy is stronger today in central Europe than in western Europe’

Dec 07, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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Brace yourselves! The progressive elite of The New York Times editorial board is so woke about Hungary

Dec 05, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Q&A on the latest developments in the case of former PM Nikola Gruevski’s asylum

Nov 23, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: Forbidding the people to talk about something will only backfire

Nov 23, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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Here’s why family policy is important and how this national consultation seeks to make a difference

Nov 23, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Q & A on former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski’s asylum request in Hungary

Nov 16, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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National consultation on family policy to kick off soon

Oct 31, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: Nation states gave Europe its strength

Oct 23, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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Brussels just keeps turning out more pro-migration plans

Oct 13, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Q&A on Hungary’s plan to establish independent, administrative courts

Oct 03, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Commissioner Avramopoulos speaking on migration doesn’t represent the whole of Europe

Oct 01, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.”

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No surrender: Hungarian borders must be protected by Hungarians

Sep 21, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán in Moscow: Hungary values its good relations with Russia

Sep 19, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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FM Szijjártó: Sargentini Report adopted through voting fraud

Sep 12, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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The debate over the Sargentini Report, Part 2: Are they really this desperate?

Sep 08, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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A stronger, more rigorous Stop Soros bill is now in front of the Parliament: here’s a look at the details

May 31, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: Christian democracy defends us from migration, it helps protect our borders and support families

May 25, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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The LIBE draft report on Hungary: a masterpiece collection of fake news

May 07, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: A mandatory migrant quota is out of the question, external borders must be defended

Mar 22, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán addresses crowd of unprecedented numbers: “Our biggest battle is about to begin”

Mar 15, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.”

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Here’s what we mean when we talk about Orbanomics

Mar 09, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.”

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PM Orbán in Welt am Sonntag: ‘We cannot help the world while destroying our own people’

Jan 16, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Here’s why that report is an embarrassment to the US Senate

Jan 14, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.”

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PM Orbán in Bild: We didn’t want migrants, you did - now accept the consequences

Jan 11, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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Security and defense among top priorities makes Hungary one of the world’s safest countries

Jan 05, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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People need work not welfare checks to escape poverty

Jan 04, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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The Soros media blitz to convince the world there is no such thing as a Soros plan

Nov 23, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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The European Parliament has decided to carry out the Soros plan

Nov 17, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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When the Washington Post, and its anti-Hungary echo chamber, refuses to run my response

Nov 13, 2017

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.

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The irrational Orbanophobia of Anne Applebaum

Nov 08, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Ethnic Hungarians: a nation in a united Europe

Nov 02, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Deadline on administrative rules extended: So why all that hyperventilating about CEU and academic freedom?

Oct 27, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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What do globalists and communist collaborators have in common? Orbánophobia

Oct 26, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán on the anniversary of the 1956 Revolution: “If we lose our freedom, if we lose our national independence, we will be lost, too”

Oct 23, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Honoring the freedom and bravery of the 1956 Freedom Fighters

Oct 23, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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Letting the people have their say on the Soros Plan

Sep 28, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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?

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EUObserver wins ‘fake news’ award for reporting Hungary backing Catalan independence movement

Sep 19, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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These Western leaders are beginning to sound like PM Orbán on migration

Sep 05, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

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”.

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St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary: What makes it special and what to look for this year

Aug 20, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

King St. Stephen, or Szent István Király, was the beloved first monarch of Hungary who lived during the turn of the first millenium. He was canonized August 20, 1083, by Pope Gregory VII for bringing Christianity to Hungary and later deemed the patron saint of Hungary. In 1771, Queen Maria Theresa declared the day a national state and church holiday. The celebration has been observed annually on the saint’s feast day ever since and commemorates the foundation of the Hungarian state.

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Growth in tourism in Hungary tops leading regional competitors, Austria and the Czech Republic

Aug 11, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Hungary welcomes more than 35 million tourists annually – 21 million from abroad – and the number is growing rapidly. The year 2016 was another record breaker with foreign tourists adding an estimated eight percent of revenue to the federal budget. The summer’s international sporting events, FINA and Formula 1, 2017 are expected to boost the numbers even higher.

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PM Netanyahu to PM Orbán: ‘Thank you for standing up for Israel’ at the forefront of opposition to this new anti-Semitism

Jul 18, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

During a historic visit – the first of a head of government of Israel in 30 years – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for “standing up for Israel in international forums,” and the Hungarian prime minister delivered a sharp rebuke of the failure of Hungary to defend its Jewish citizens during World War II, saying the country had sinned.

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FINA World Aquatics Championships begin with grandiose show on the Danube

Jul 17, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Hungary’s biggest ever sports event, the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships commenced last Friday with a breathtaking opening ceremony. The 3 thousand square meter floating stage near the Pest side of the famous Chain Bridge welcomed world-class musicians, artists and dancers who took the audience on a cultural-historical journey into Hungary’s deep connection to the Danube, water and aquatic sports.

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Soros ‘undermines democratically elected governments’ and criticizing his agenda has nothing to do with anti-Semitism

Jul 12, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

The heritage of a particular American billionaire speculator is not relevant to his agenda. Criticizing the radical policies he’s pushing all over the world – completely lacking any democratic mandate or accountability – is not anti-Semitism. Suggesting otherwise amounts to a cheap tactic to silence his critics and support the far-from-mainstream Soros agenda.

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FINA Aquatics Championships taking over Hungarian cities this week

Jul 12, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Thousands of athletes, a record-breaking fast-track preparation for the international event, and the most picturesque diving background ever. The 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships, Hungary’s largest sporting event to date, will overtake the cities of Budapest and Balatonfüred for over two weeks. As a nation with exceptional watersports traditions and accomplishments, Hungarians can barely wait, although it is not just our athletes who are setting the bar high.

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NATO is shifting gears and Hungary has a plan to stay apace

May 31, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Late last week, leaders of the 28 members of NATO gathered in Brussels to send, in the words of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a strong message of the unity of the transatlantic alliance and its commitment to collective security. NATO finds itself in an increasingly challenging environment due to the rise of complex security threats that require responsive capabilities. Grappling with terrorism, migration, cybercrime and more, every one of the member states must step up its game.

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Myths and Facts about Hungary and George Soros (Part 1)

May 30, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Browse the international media coverage of Hungary over the last several weeks and a handful of keywords stand out: migration crisis, NGOs, transparency, media, Central European University and George Soros. While much of the coverage lacks balance, the keywords themselves can be instructive, shedding light on a far-reaching, ideologically driven and wholly undemocratic network that pushes George Soros’s “open society” agenda.

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Hungary Helps: 2 million USD to re-build community in Iraq

May 29, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

The Hungarian government has been a strong advocate for allocating resources to aid and reconstruction efforts in communities impacted by war, rather than importing the problems to Europe. In its global initiative to bring help where it is most needed, the government of Hungary aims to do more than its fair share and has recently allocated 2 million USD toward the reconstruction of a Christian community near Mosul.

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Here’s the scary part of the Article 7 nuclear option pursued by European Parliament leftists against the Hungarian government

May 22, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Once again, Hungarian left-wing politicians have taken domestic affairs to the stage of the European Parliament, hoping to gain traction in their political campaign against the Hungarian government. Their timely intervention intersects neatly with the interests of an American billionaire whose extreme ideas about an open society aim to undermine Europe’s external border.

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Frans Timmermans must respect the dignity of Holocaust victims

May 10, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Political debates can get nasty. A certain amount of give-and-take comes with the territory, and as a spokesperson, I’ve experienced it firsthand. There are red lines that should not be crossed, though, and assailing the dignity of the victims of mass genocide crosses the brightest of them. Every reasonable person, including European Commission Vice President Timmermans, should know that no matter how deep the political disagreement, Holocaust victims should not be exploited as weapons in such a fight.

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GDP growth and fiscal discipline mean more tax cuts in Hungary’s 2018 Budget

May 09, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

Back in 2015, the government decided to put the following year’s budget up to vote in the spring session of the Parliament, an important decision to increase predictability and improve planning. This year is no different. Though 2018 will be an election year, the government has held to a tight fiscal policy in the new budget. Continued stability and growth make possible a boost in competitiveness and tax cuts for families.

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Hungary says, families first!

May 08, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

A nation’s strength lies in its people. Declining demographic trends throughout Europe pose a worrisome problem, including in Hungary. The trend has been declining into a vicious circle for decades and governments have struggled to break it. Recent demographic statistics in Hungary, however, show that with some ingenuity – like housing incentives and other breaks for families with children – a carefully selected mix of family policies can make a difference.

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Myth: If they want EU funds, Eastern European members must tow the line on Brussels' migration dictates

Apr 25, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

In today’s information-saturated world, we encounter a number of arguments and story lines that become popular and oft-repeated despite having almost no basis in fact. They sound compelling and have many people who would very much like to believe them, but they’re not true. The longer they linger, however, the more they get in the way. These myths deserve to be busted.

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Conservatives should take on “fight with the Left” to save Europe, says PM Orbán

Mar 30, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

In the face of a political adversary that wants to transform Europe by allowing unbridled immigration, casting aside subsidiarity and encumbering the labor markets with bureaucratic rules, the center-right political forces of Europe must summon the confidence to “accept the intellectual and political fight with the Left,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, addressing the European People’s Party Congress in Malta today.

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Commemorating the life of the “happiest prisoner of the GULAG,” a great witness to the 20th Century

Jan 18, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

If we have any hope to understand the present day and have some sense of where we’re headed, we have to know where we’ve been. If we’re to understand where we’ve been, we have to listen to history’s witnesses. Father Oloffson Placid, Benedictine monk, teacher, GULAG survivor, passed away at age 101 on January 15, 2017. The testimony of his life, however, will remain a cornerstone for our understanding of the turbulent 20th century and an invaluable touchstone for us for the future.

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Frontex prepares for everything but border protection

Nov 21, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

“These people aren’t involved in border protection,” said Prime Minister Orbán of the newly established Frontex unit proposed to the management board. Frontex, of course, is the EU agency that was set up to manage cooperation among national border guards and help secure the EU’s external border. The problem with the proposed, new unit is that it is for anything but guarding European borders and coastlines. Plus, it is ridiculously weak in numbers.

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The amendment gives voice to the people’s will

Oct 19, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

“In 2015, a migratory wave of unforeseen proportions reached the borders of Europe,” according to the text presenting the proposed amendments to the Fundamental Law of Hungary. “One and a half million people crossed Schengen borders illegally. The cultural and economic integration of the masses of newcomers has made Europe face an unsolvable task, and uncontrolled border-crossings have significantly increased the danger of terror.

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No, the Hungarian refugees of 1956 are not the same as today’s migrants

Oct 11, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

It was a Tuesday, that October 23rd in 1956. The whole thing began as a peaceful, student demonstration, young people with a manifesto asserting the right to be independent from all foreign powers and that all Hungarians should enjoy the rights of free people in a democratic system. The crowds grew as the demonstrations moved throughout the city. By nightfall, State Security Police had fired on a crowd of unarmed demonstrators outside the state radio building, killing many.

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With another credit rating upgrade for Hungary no more talk of “unorthodoxy”

Sep 26, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

In Thursday’s print edition of the Financial Times, following Standard and Poor’s decision to restore Hungary’s credit rating to investment grade, a commentator praises Prime Minister Orbán’s “economic miracle.” Once a staunch critic of Hungary’s “unorthodox” measures to restore its technically bankrupt economy, the British daily’s admiration is the first sign that S&P’s move closes an era of doubts over whether Hungarian reforms are working.

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With unemployment at record lows, Hungary’s economy on Europe’s leader board

Sep 01, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Prime Minister Orbán’s economic program sets out a number of ambitious goals. It demands fiscal discipline to keep the budget deficit not only under the three-percent Maastricht threshold but low enough to reduce nominal state debt. It calls for GDP growth to increase from the current level between 2 and 3 percent to a more robust output above 3 percent and sets a longer term goal of five percent. And it aims to create jobs to bring the labor market to full employment.

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Premier Orbán in Bad-Tuschnad-Rede: „Ungarn bleibt ein Ort der Sicherheit in einer unsicheren Welt“

Jul 23, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Die alljährlich stattfindende Grundsatzrede von Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán an der Sommeruniversität von Bad Götzenburg (Bálványos) mit Studentenlager im siebenbürgischen Bad Tuschnad (Tusnádfürdő) hat sich über die Jahre zu einem wichtigen Ereignis entwickelt, das weltweit für Schlagzeilen sorgt und manchmal sogar zu Kontroversen rund um die herausfordernden Ideen des Premiers führte.

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Das ungarische Referendum dient der Wiederherstellung einer starken Europäischen Union

Jul 12, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Der Termin steht fest: Am 2. Oktober 2016 wird in Ungarn eine Volksabstimmung über das verpflichtende EU-Quotensystem zur Ansiedlung von Migranten stattfinden. Dass das Datum nur einige Tage nach dem Brexit bekanntgegeben wurde, hat zu Mutmaßungen geführt, das ungarische Referendum handle ebenfalls vom Austritt aus der EU. Natürlich war das aus dem Munde mancher Kritiker eine absichtliche Verwechslung aus politischen Gründen.

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PM Orbán: Hungary brings order to a disorderly Europe

Jun 30, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Speaking to graduating class of police and border patrol officers last weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had a simple message. It emphasized the outstanding achievement of Hungary’s uniformed services and how they have shown Europe that, if a country so wishes, it can uphold both the Dublin Protocol and the Schengen Treaty. And if everyone does their duty, Europe’s borders can be protected and mass migration can be controlled.

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New budget: Hungary scores another fiscal goal in the European cup of financial stability

Jun 23, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

While Hungary’s national football team continues to surprise at the UEFA European Championship, Hungary surprises in another European competition. For the second year in a row, the country accepted next year’s budget during the spring parliamentary session to build on Hungary’s favorable economic prospects in today’s Europe. Next year’s budget is Hungary’s secret formula to advance on its debt-slashing, GDP growth path.

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Hungary is proud to stand with the UK as a member of the European Union

Jun 20, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

“The decision is yours, but I would like you to know that Hungary is proud to stand with you as a member of the European Union.” Signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, this is the text of a full-page advertisement that appeared in the British print media today. This is Hungary’s prime minister taking a stand, like many other European leaders, on an issue that’s important to Europe and important to Hungary.

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Ungarn ist stolz, gemeinsam mit dem Vereinigten Königreich Mitglied der Europäischen Union zu sein

Jun 20, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

„Es ist Ihre Entscheidung, doch ich möchte, dass Sie wissen, dass Ungarn stolz darauf ist, mit Ihnen gemeinsam in der Europäischen Union zu sein.“ Das ist der von Viktor Orbán unterzeichnete Text einer ganzseitigen Annonce, die heute in den britischen Printmedien erschienen ist. Ungarns Premierminister setzt sich, wie viele andere europäische Staats- und Regierungschefs, für eine Sache ein, die für Europa und Ungarn gleichermaßen wichtig ist.

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Fußball-EM 2016: Der ungarische Fußball lebt wieder!

Jun 15, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Was für eine Nacht! Nach 95 Minuten als dominierende Mannschaft, nach zwei wunderschönen, wohlverdienten Toren (und vielen schön gehaltenen Bällen) besiegte die ungarische Fußball-Nationalelf die favorisierten Österreicher 2 zu 0. Durch den Sieg der Außenseiter steht Ungarn nach dem 1:1 Unentschieden zwischen Island und Portugal an der Spitze der Gruppentabelle. Ein jahrzehntelanger Fluch wurde gebrochen.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán: Europa braucht ein stabiles Ägypten

Jun 03, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Nach seinem Treffen mit dem „sunnitischen Papst“ sprach der ungarische Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán diese Woche in seinem regelmäßigen Radio-Interview über Europas katastrophale Interventionen in der islamischen Welt sowie über die Notwendigkeit eines stabilen Ägyptens und der erneuten Stabilisierung Libyens. Er sprach auch vom Brexit-Referendum und den Gefahren des wachsenden demokratischen Defizits in der derzeitigen Europäischen Union.

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Here’s why this major credit rating agency is bullish on Hungary and why the others should be too

Jun 01, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

In recognition of Hungary’s successful efforts to revive its economy, Fitch Ratings upgraded the country to investment grade recently. Although the upgrade came earlier than statistics might suggest, it was no surprise as markets had already priced Hungary’s widely anticipated return to investment grade at multiple credit rating agencies this year. Fitch’s upgrade signals important recognition that Hungary’s reforms are working.

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PM Orbán Demands Democratic EU, Exposes Soros-Clinton Ties and Political Agenda

May 20, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

While elites will inevitably maneuver to shape politics in a democracy, it is up to the people to decide on a country’s direction, Prime Minister Orbán emphasized in his regular radio interview this morning. Every thirty years or so, Hungary finds itself in the spotlight on the stage of international politics, he said, but people should not allow themselves to be deterred by the blinding spotlights.

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Elections in Hungary: Where are the ‘free but not fair’ critics now?

May 18, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

A week ago Sunday, something interesting happened on the elections front that went largely unnoticed outside of Hungary. On the 8th, Hungary had a Super Sunday of sorts with nine by-elections taking place in municipalities around the country. Some of the elections turned out as the polls predicted, but others produced a few surprises. Some brought mandates for the governing party, some to the left-wing and right-wing opposition, and a couple of independents were also successful.

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Hungary’s big increase in funds for research and innovation

May 17, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Research and innovation are key factors in many countries’ strategy to boost economic growth, add value to their economies and attract more foreign direct investment (FDI). Hungary has long recognized the importance of its research and development (R&D) sector and, as announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his speech at the Hungarian Academy of Science, is planning to invest some 1.2 billion HUF (3.8 billion EUR) for R&D until 2020.

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Will Brussels Ever Wake Up?

May 12, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

Jaws dropped across the European Union last week as the Eurocrats revealed their latest proposal. Whether it was in the way they dehumanized refugees by putting price tags on their heads or accused elected prime ministers of being undemocratic, the tendentious actions of the Eurocrats seem to be deliberately intended to alienate friends and supporters of the European idea. With the Brexit referendum just around the corner, Eurocrats would do well to exercise more restraint.

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Here’s the golden question in the story about the Hungarian Central Bank

May 09, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

The media is always quick to reach a verdict. “Scandal” and “corruption” appear as frequently in sensationalist headlines as “good day” at a busy newsstand. But there is one, golden question that media coverage has missed in the story of the Hungarian Central Bank and the foundations it established, and that golden question is this: How far does a national bank’s independence extend?

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Forbes: Hungarian reforms are working

May 05, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

A recent installment of the Global Investment Guide, a series published by Forbes, writes on the recovery of the Hungarian economy, noting that Hungary has reported even better than expected results in stimulating economic growth, reducing unemployment and cutting the GDP-to-debt ratio for the first quarter of 2016. Thanks to savvy reforms that work, Hungary’s bonds, equity markets and currency have recovered and are healthy again.

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Why so many competing proposals to protect Europe and its borders?

Apr 25, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

European member states are exceptionally busy these days. Although some critics suggest that they seem asleep at the wheel in the wake of the biggest migration crisis the continent has seen for decades, the European Commission and some individual member states have drafted proposals to respond to the crisis. These plans are currently vying with one another, all in preparation for the upcoming European Council Summit.

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PM Orbán: Differences between Hungary and Germany on migration are now over

Apr 22, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

“When I visit southern Germany, I always find time to visit Mr. Chancellor [Kohl],” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about his latest meeting with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, adding that they discussed the future of Europe and bilateral relations between Germany and Hungary. Today, in his regular biweekly radio interview, the prime minister had several interesting things to say about both. A few things that may surprise you.

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PM Orbán: Hungary celebrates paying off debt, will propose alternative to EU’s quota system

Apr 08, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

In his regular, radio interview on Friday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that, on the EU’s quota system, “it cannot be the case that one member state alone makes a decision and the others suffer the consequences.” He also spoke about the symbolic significance of paying off the loan and that Hungary has good reason to celebrate this weekend.

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PM’s “Tough Love” is an International Youtube Success

Apr 07, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

A fan’s tribute to Prime Minister Orbán’s March 15 speech has enjoyed remarkable success on Youtube. After the user posted the speech with subtitles in English and called attention to some of the very direct language in the prime minister’s address, the video post garnered more than 200 thousand views within the first week of being published. When I last checked yesterday, the video had 6,000 likes, 100 dislikes and over 3,000 overwhelmingly positive comments.

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PM Orbán on the referendum: ‘The question is not what we think, but what the people think’

Mar 06, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

“Here, there will be no breaking through of the [border] fence, no immigrant uprisings, no refugee camps set on fire and all kinds of gangs will not be out on the hunt for Hungarian women, our wives and daughters. This is impossible, it cannot happen,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “From this perspective, we will not make Europe out of Hungary. This will remain a safe place.”

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‘None of Us Wants a Europe That Surrenders,’ Says PM Orbán

Mar 05, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

“As I see today,” Prime Minister Orbán said, “there are so many problems – and you know it too, that problems don’t just mean trouble, they mean an opportunity as well – within the European Union that many countries have taken up with or are taking up with the idea of creating a deeper form of integration after the common currency. And that puts us, every country, which is not a part of the Eurozone, up to a challenge.”

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As the EU Moves to ‘the Hungarian Solution on Migration,’ Says PM Orbán, Hungary Must Let the People Decide in a Referendum on the Quota System

Feb 28, 2016 - Zoltán Kovács

European leaders gathered in Brussels earlier this month for a European Council meeting on Britain’s proposed reform plans and again on the migration crisis. Though often heated and sometimes personal, the debate took Europe closer to the solution that Hungary and others have been proposing for months on migration: restore order at Europe’s borders before anything else.