Hungarian PM: ‘New Era’ Ahead for Central Europe

by Stephen Wynne  •  •  August 1, 2018   

Viktor Orbán says region ripe for revival of Christian, national identities

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BĂILE TUŞNAD, Romania ( - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is committing to propelling his country and all Central Europe into a "new era" — transforming the region into a Christian bulwark of democratic nation-states.

Addressing supporters in the Hungarian enclave of Székely Land in Romania last Saturday, Orbán said he is eagerly anticipating next year's European parliamentary elections, as they offer an opportunity to thwart globalists' "goal of transforming Europe and moving it towards a post-Christian and post-national era."

"In European politics, it is the turn of the anti-communist generation, which has Christian convictions and commitment to the nation," the prime minister declared. The primary focus of the elections, he predicted, will be mass migration.

Orbán dismissed the European Union's executive body, the European Commission, as an oppressive, failing institution. The commission, he said, "is not a friend of freedom, because, instead of freedoms, it is working towards building a European socialism. We should be happy that its days are numbered."

The prime minister continued: "We should ask ourselves why the European elite — which today is exclusively a liberal elite — has failed."

Orbán noted that as Western European societies succumb to atheism, cultural Marxism and loss of Christian and national identity, countries like Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and others can choose another path.

"The answer to this question," he said, "is that, first of all, it has rejected its roots, and instead of a Europe resting on Christian foundations, it is building a Europe of 'the open society.'"

Orbán reflected further on Europe's abandonment of the Faith:

In Christian Europe, there was honor in work, man had dignity, men and women were equal, the family was the basis of the nation, the nation was the basis of Europe and states guaranteed security. In today's open-society Europe there are no borders; European people can be readily replaced with immigrants; the family has been transformed into an optional, fluid form of cohabitation; the nation, national identity and national pride are seen as negative and obsolete notions; and the state no longer guarantees security in Europe. In fact, in liberal Europe being European means nothing at all: It has no direction, and it is simply form devoid of content. Furthermore, ladies and gentlemen, liberal democracy has undergone a transformation.

The prime minister explained that liberalism is failing because it has become an ideological oppressor, stifling dissent on mass migration, multiculturalism and globalism.

"Liberal democracy has been transformed into liberal non-democracy," he warned. "The situation in the West is that there is liberalism, but there is no democracy. ... Censorship and restrictions on freedom of speech have become general phenomena."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

"Working together, political leaders and technology giants filter news items that are uncomfortable for the liberal elite," he observed. "If you don't believe this, just visit these websites, visit social media sites, and you'll see the ingenious and cunning means by which they restrict access to negative news reports on migrants, immigrants and related topics, and how they prevent European citizens from facing reality."

"The liberal concept of freedom of opinion has gone so far that liberals see diversity of opinion as important up until the point that they realize, to their shock, that there are opinions which are different from theirs," he added.

Orbán noted that as Western European societies succumb to atheism, cultural Marxism and loss of Christian and national identity, countries like Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and others can choose another path.

"We now have the opportunity to, in the coming years, build up Europe's large, strong and secure political and economic region: Central Europe," he said. "Let us declare that, in addition to its economic growth and all its specificities, Central Europe is a region which also has a special culture. It is different from Western Europe. Let us build it up, and gain recognition for it."

Orbán laid out five specific tenets for this project:

  1. Every European country has the right to defend its Christian culture and the right to reject the ideology of multiculturalism.
  2. Every country has the right to defend the traditional family model and is entitled to assert that every child has the right to a mother and a father.
  3. Every Central European country has the right to defend the nationally strategic economic sectors and markets which are of crucial importance to it.
  4. Every country has the right to defend its borders, and it has the right to reject immigration.
  5. Every European country has the right to insist on the principle of one nation, one vote on the most important issues, and that this right must not be denied in the European Union.

"In other words, we Central Europeans claim that there is life beyond globalism," Orbán declared.

"Central Europe's path is the path of an alliance of free nations," he added. "This is the task ... which lies ahead of us."

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