Thursday, December 1, 2016

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he trusted that political correctness would become a thing of the past in the US under the administration of Donald Trump. “In Europe, we still have problems,” he told a Hungarian Diaspora Council meeting.

“If we dared to speak about the nation, then we were called nationalists; if it was about creation, then we were clericists, feudalists and medieval,” he said. “If we spoke about the family and marriage between a man and woman, then we were branded as being sexist and homophobic,” he said.

Orbán said political correctness had been “one of the most obvious methods of intellectual oppression”. But the prime minister added that “we stand on the threshold and instead of liberal non-democracy we will at last be able to return to democracy.”

He said the era of a foreign policy based on the “primitive concept” of exporting democracy would come to an end now a new US administration would soon be in place.

On the topic of migration, Orbán underscored his position that “we are not talking about a simple onset of migrants ... We face a global phenomenon which will last for many years.”

Given the history of Hungary and Europe, “our first thought concerns what dangers threaten us,” he said. The dangers for Hungary over the past two decades have declined significantly after the country joined several important communities, like NATO. But joining does not mean that Hungary does not need an army of its own.

The military development “in our neighbourhood” emphasise the importance not to fall behind in terms of strike capability compared with other countries in the region.

The Hungarian army should become a serious strike force, he added. Orbán also said that accepting Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia as European Union member states would be in the interest of all Hungarians as well as Europe as a whole.

The EU will not be able to renew itself without further enlargement, he added. It is also a basic interest that every member of the V4 group should strengthen its position, while “chances today are not very good” due to “enlargement fatigue” in the EU, he said.

Many believe that the community should be “reshaped” first and what exists should be saved. “This seems logical, but it doesn’t make sense politically,” Orbán said.

Hungary’s interest lies in having successful neighbours so that the region can get stronger. It is hard to be successful among unsuccessful neighbours, he said, adding that it was a basic interest that all four Visegrad Group members should gain in strength based on trust, ensuring Europe’s economic growth in the years to come. With this, an external environment for Hungary’s economic successes has developed, he said.



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