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Feb 18, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

PM Orbán: “For us, Hungary comes first”

“For us, Hungary comes first,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán during his annual State of the Nation speech earlier today, adding that despite the general modesty of Hungarian people, Hungary has every reason to say that we’ve enjoyed eight, successful years, more successful than we could have expected. While illegal migration and the Islamization of Europe continue to pose serious challenges to the security of Europe, PM Orbán warned that there is a new offensive coming from European leaders in Brussels, Berlin and Paris who want to force their pro-migration policies upon Hungary.

“We believe in simple things,” the prime minister said, speaking of the successes of these eight years, “in work, in family, and in the mother land.” He pointed to 736 thousand new jobs since 2010 and Hungary’s record low unemployment rate.

Though the country “is in better shape than it was eight years ago,” he said, we still have much unrealized potential and still have a lot left to do. “We believe that Hungary is a place where hard work is rewarded, where those who work more bring more home, and we believe that families hold up the whole country.”

“We Hungarians have a future, only if we remain Hungarians, if we cultivate our language, protect our Christian and Hungarian culture, and if we guard our independence and Hungarian freedom.”

The Hungarian model has succeeded, and the country is in better shape today than eight years ago, he said, because millions of Hungarians believe in it. He praised those who have returned to work, the businesses who have provided jobs, and the young people who have decided to embark on creating a family. “Honoring work, supporting families, maintaining our national identity and guarding our independence,” he said, “that’s the future, and that future can be ours.”

Hungary has also succeeded, according to the prime minister, because we have courageously stood our ground, confronting in 2010 the dictates of political correctness. We got rid of the “euro blah-blah,” the “liberal sweet-talk” and the “empty words of political correctness.”

The PM reminded that even if Hungary is now independent, this independence must still be defended. “We have sent the muzzle back to Brussels and the leash back to the IMF,” Prime Minister Orbán said, stressing that the fate of the country should never be in the hands of internationalists again.

“In Hungary, we say what we think and do what we say. This is a great luxury in today’s European politics,” he said, adding that since 2010, Hungary punches above its weight on the international scene.

Commenting on migration, PM Orbán argued that there is a clear division between Western and Central Europe. Western European politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris want to force Hungary to adopt their policies that have made them immigrant countries. Following the policies of these countries was said to be the proper way of showing solidarity, but, the prime minister said, “Hungary will only express solidarity with Western European leaders who want to rescue their country and its Christian culture.”

On the migrant quota and the United Nation’s migration pact, the government’s view is that “border protection is what’s important and not the mandatory quota,” he said. “Because if we seal our borders, then nobody will pass without authorization, which means that there’ll be no one to distribute”. According to NATO reports, he said, by 2020, some 60 million people will depart in the direction of Europe.

“We are not alone”, PM Orbán said in closing, “we will fight together to stop Soros’s plan in Brussels and the United Nations. If we have enough allies – and we can have enough allies – then I am sure we’ll succeed.”