PM Orbán: Europe has lost its capacity for self-determination

In his speech at the Weltwoche 90th anniversary celebration in Zurich, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presented a critical analysis of Europe's current political and economic situation, while contrasting it with the Hungarian approach.

PM Orbán began his address by highlighting Europe's loss of self-determination. He stated that "Europe today is not master of itself," pointing out the European Union's inability to manage its expansion and handle regional conflicts, such as those in Ukraine and the Western Balkans.

Discussing the Hungarian model, PM Orbán emphasized, "Hungary is not building a welfare society, but a work-based society leading to prosperity." He cited key elements of this model, including strong family support policies, completely halting illegal migration, low taxes, and attracting investments from both the East and West. This approach, he suggested, stands in stark contrast to the Western welfare model.

Reflecting on historical developments, the prime minister noted Europe's diminishing global role following the two World Wars, describing them as internal civil wars that permanently weakened the continent. He explained how Western Europe did not replicate the Anglo-Saxon model but instead developed its own Christian-Democratic model, thus preserving Christian traditions in the economy.

PM Orbán criticized European leadership, mentioning the dominance of bureaucrats committed to progressive ideologies. In his view, the EU's economic weight is decreasing and it is struggling with expansion. He further commented on the shift in leadership styles in both Europe and the United States, from Christian powers to progressive liberal forces, and how this has affected international relations and policies.

On Hungary's approach to various issues, PM Orbán stated that "in Hungary, there is no liberal hegemony, but there is pluralism," emphasizing the country's focus on a work-based economy and family support over migration. He underscored the incorporation of traditional family values in the Hungarian constitution and the country's aim to balance relations between the East and West without isolation.

PM Orbán also discussed Europe's relationship with the U.S., expressing concerns about Europe's diminishing significance in the face of global conflicts and crises. He touched on the challenges within the EU's institutional system, criticizing the European Commission for becoming a political body without the necessary mandate, especially during severe crises.

Concluding his speech, Prime Minister Orbán emphasized the need for Europe to develop new strategies and responses in light of potential changes in U.S. engagement in Europe and called for a return to political leadership and the cultivation of conservative successors.