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PM Orbán at China-CEEC summit: The coronavirus pandemic marks the beginning of a “new era” in global economics and politics

Feb 09, 2021

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the 9th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries earlier today about the global race for coronavirus vaccines, constructive cooperation between East and West, free global trade, Chinese-Hungarian bilateral economic relations, and the administration of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine in Hungary.

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PM Orbán in an interview with German daily Stern: Our view is that Europe is made up of sovereign nations

Feb 05, 2021 - Zoltán Kovács

“In Hungary, we say that you can only be a good European if you are a good Hungarian,” Prime Minister Orbán said in an interview published yesterday in the German daily Stern. The prime minister elaborated on why Hungarians oppose the EU’s centralization endeavors, what Hungary expects from the EU, the rule of law in Hungary, Islam and migration.

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Prime Minister Orbán responds to Manfred Weber: 'The truth, dear Manfred, is completely the opposite'

Dec 04, 2020

EPP group leader Manfred Weber stated in an online press conference on December 3 that the notorious rule of law mechanism, designed to force Member States into altering their stance on key policy areas, is not being set up expressly against Hungary and Poland. According to PM Orbán, however, the truth is completely the opposite. The following is the official, English language transcript of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's response to Weber.

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PM Orbán: Hungary stands firm on the separation of financial matters from political questions

Dec 04, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Rádió, Prime Minister Orbán said that with the joint declaration last week, Poland committed itself to not submitting to any compromise that is unacceptable to Hungary on linking the rule of law to the EU budget. The PM also spoke about plans in Brussels to let in 35 million migrants, the coronavirus vaccine and the upcoming elections in Romania.

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PM Orbán: Proponents of tying financial matters to political questions will “ruin several EU countries”

Nov 27, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

“We will stick to the position we took in the summer: EU countries with high debt-to-GDP ratio will find themselves in big trouble. The second wave of the coronavirus won’t go easy on them,” PM Orbán said in an interview with Kossuth Rádió this morning. Besides EU affairs, the PM talked about George Soros and his influence on European politics, the coronavirus vaccine and the potential coronavirus situation in Hungary during Christmas.

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PM Orbán ahead of EU summit: If debates about the rule of law delay the establishment of the emergency fund, it's possible to make intergovernmental deals

Oct 01, 2020

In a statement to MTI earlier today, before taking off to the EU's upcoming summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made it clear that if the debate about tying the rule of law to EU finances would delay the establishment of the coronavirus emergency fund, then it is possible to make intergovernmental deals, outside the EU framework.

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PM Orbán: We must not let the virus paralyze our everyday lives

Sep 21, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In a parliamentary address earlier today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán noted that the second wave of the coronavirus is here, but Hungary is now more prepared than during the spring. Reiterating that the country must continue to function, the PM added that the government’s programs for managing the economic consequences of the epidemic are not rescue packages, but rather investments.

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PM Orbán: The defense will end only after we have a vaccine against the coronavirus

Sep 18, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

“Hungary has to continue to function in a way that everybody abides by the regulations,” Prime Minister Orbán reiterated in an interview with Kossuth Rádió this morning. The country has an action plan in place, akin to a war plan, on how it will respond as the number of confirmed cases grows, he said. The PM also noted that current economic growth indicates Hungary will experience a labor shortage.

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PM Orbán: We will ensure the highest possible degree of freedom while maintaining all important, necessary restrictions

Sep 04, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In an interview on Kossuth Rádió, dedicated almost exclusively to the defense against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest national consultation, the importance of obeying rules and regulations, Brussels’ criticism of Hungary closing its borders, and Central Europe’s place in the new world order.

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PM Orbán at Bled Strategic Forum: Europe is in trouble

Aug 31, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Europe is now in trouble, said Prime Minister Orbán, because we still have not identified our new position in the global economy. To resolve the situation, the prime minister proposes to set up a common, European military defense capacity, complete the EU’s security complex with Serbia and make our economy more competitive under the leadership of what he calls the “Central European locomotive.”

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PM Orbán on Kossuth Rádió: New restrictions must be put in place due to the epidemic, starting in September

Aug 21, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

The epidemiological situation is getting worse in most European countries; this is why Hungary must introduce new, stricter restrictions in order to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the start of the school year, an upcoming economic growth plan and the importance of geostrategic thinking for Hungary.

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PM Orbán at V4 summit: It’s morally unacceptable that rich countries would receive more from the EU recovery fund

Jun 12, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán on European Court decision: There is a coordinated assault on Hungary and our laws, but our constitution will prevail

May 15, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán in State of the Nation address: The last decade has been the most successful in Hungary’s last 100 years

Feb 16, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

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.”

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PM Orbán: One would have to be blind not to see that migration in the Balkans is organized by the Soros Network

Jan 31, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: We were one centimeter away from leaving the EPP

Jan 17, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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PM Orbán in Prague: We are Europe’s future

Nov 17, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

“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.

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PM Orbán: We need to halt the demographic decline

Nov 15, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: Both Hungary and Slovenia know exactly what migration and uncontrolled border crossings mean – a threat to national security

Oct 28, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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PM Orbán: ‘The Hungarian miracle didn’t come cheap. We demanded an independent Hungary in a Europe of nations’

Oct 23, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.”

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PM Orbán: “Homeland cannot be in opposition”

Oct 22, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

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.

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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PM Orbán: European Court decision won’t change Hungary’s immigration policies

Sep 08, 2017

Hungary is a member of the European Union, EU treaties must be respected, therefore the rulings of the European Court of Justice must be acknowledged, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this morning in response to the decision from the European Court of Justice on migrant quotas. However, he added, that is not a reason to change Hungary’s immigration policies, which reject mass migration.

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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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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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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to hold talks with Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría in Paris, and to travel to Germany on 18 April

Apr 07, 2016

The Prime Minister’s Press Chief Bertalan Havasi has informed that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has travelled to Paris, where on Thursday he will hold talks with Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría. During his visit the Prime Minister will also hold informal meetings with a number of important figures in French politics.

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“Every form of terror should be denounced and combatted,” says PM Orbán

Mar 22, 2016

“I’d like to express, in the name of the whole country, my commiseration and condolences to the relatives of the victims,” said Prime Minister Orbán today in the Hungarian town of Tatabánya, briefing journalists on the government’s response to the terror attacks in Brussels this morning. Earlier today Prime Minister Orbán and President Áder sent letters of condolence to Brussels and the prime minister issued a public statement.

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EU Migration Summit: Hungary says no to mandatory resettlement

Mar 18, 2016

“For the past several days we’ve working on behalf of the Hungarian interest that any kind of refugee exchange, settlement or movement of people would only happen on a voluntary basis. We have a chance to achieve this,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán upon his arrival at the EU Council meeting on Thursday. In response to a journalist asking about his prognosis, the prime minister confided, “I always feel good before a summit. Let’s see afterwards.”

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PM Orbán asks "Shall we Live in Slavery or Freedom?"

Mar 17, 2016

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the nation on the steps of the National Museum on March 15, 2016. His speech looked to the past and pointed out that Hungary's most successful revolutions were when the freedom of the country was threatened. Tying the past to present the Prime Minister spoke in plain but strong language aimed at Brussels and the threat that uncontrolled migration poses to not just Hungary but all of Europe.

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PM Orbán: ‘The time has come that we must save Europe’s future’

Mar 15, 2016

“No European nation can be free if Europe is not [free],” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, “and today, Europe is not.” Addressing a crowd gathered in front of the National Museum, the prime minister was speaking today on the March 15th holiday, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1848 Revolution, a national uprising that grew into a war of independence from the Austrian Empire.

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'Defending Schengen With Mere Words Is Not Enough," Says PM Orbán

Jan 22, 2016

Europe has two types of countries, said Prime Minister Orbán during the joint press availability following his meeting in Ljubljana, January 22, with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar. There are "ones which defend Schengen with words, and others which do so with actions. We both fall into the second category." nyomtatás Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s statement after the Slovenian-Hungarian government summit 22 January 2016 22 January 2016, Ljubljana

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“The Route May Move in Any Direction, But One Thing Is Certain: It Will Not Go Through Hungary"

Jan 22, 2016

Hungary pursues "a migration policy which of course grants political refugees all the possibilities afforded by international law," the prime minister said, "but which does not allow anyone else in.” In his Friday interview on state radio, January 22, the prime minister talked about migration, the taxi versus Uber conflict, and the new family housing allowance program.

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PM Orbán: 'Liberalism No Longer Stands Up for Freedom, but for Political Correctness'

Nov 13, 2015

“We have lost that which made the European continent attractive," said the prime minister in this interview with a Swiss weekly, "and that which we Hungarians found so attractive in it: free political debate. Political correctness has turned the EU into some kind of royal court, where everyone must behave themselves, while all the time migration is an urgent challenge for us."