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Saint Stephen’s Day – Viktor Orbán: Western Europe has given up on Christian Europe

“There is no other nation in the world that would have survived a century like this,” Hungary's prime minister said at the Parliament building on Budapest’s Kossuth Square before a class of graduate military officers on the national holiday celebrating St. Stephen, Hungary’s first Christian king, on August 20th.


A people that desires its own homeland and wants to live its life according to its own laws and customs – like the Hungarian people – must fight for its sovereignty and freedom every minute of its existence, the prime minister said adding that Hungary is a safe home that is prepared to welcome everyone back who wants to be a part of building the nation.

Orbán also said the seven tenets of Hungary’s nation-minded policies in the 21st century were that the homeland exists only as long as there is someone there to love it; every Hungarian child is a new “lookout”, truth is worth little without power, Hungarians will only get to keep what they can defend, “every match lasts until we win”, it is the country, not the nation that has borders and that no Hungarian is alone.

The prime minister said western Europe had given up on the vitality that lay behind the “greatness” and success it enjoyed for the past thousand years, the “spiritual depth of life”, the happiness afforded by marriage and having offspring and the “spiritual energy of national cultures”.

“In other words, western Europe has given up on Christian Europe. Instead it’s experimenting with a godless cosmos, with ‘rainbowing’ families, with migration and with open societies.”

Orbán questioned whether European leaders were up to the task of reinventing the continent’s politics and economy and whether the nations of Europe would understand this and accept the effect it had on their lives and find their way back to “the world of hard work, sensible management and a responsible lifestyle”.

Meanwhile, the nations of central Europe honour their ancient life instincts, the liberating power of Christianity, respect for work, national pride and their responsibility for their children and parents, he said. “This is why we protect our borders and leave our homeland to our own children instead of migrants.”

In his opinion, the West had lost its appeal to central Europeans, while “they don’t consider central Europe a desirable world either”.

Hungary’s reckoning over the Trianon Treaty on the centenary of its signing this past June has allowed the nation to declare an end to “the era of Hungary’s hundred years of solitude”, the prime minister said.

The newly inaugurated National Cohesion Memorial. Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI

He continued his speech with the newly-inaugurated National Cohesion Memorial which is a call, even an urgent cry to central European nations that envision their life in a reinvented Christian world. They must find a path to cooperation and find a way forward that guarantees their own national independence and an alliance among central European nations while also contributing to European unity.

The prime minister said the memorial symbolised that Hungarians were the heirs to “everything our ancestors built in the Carpathian Basin and contributed to humanity in the world of culture, science, the economy and sport.”

For this, it must be made clear that central Europe must be shaped by central Europeans. Hungarians must now prepare to cooperate to achieve the common goals, Orbán stressed.

“Europe must find a way forward in which neither half forces its way of life and worldview onto the other, this was “the alpha and omega of European unity today.” He also added that it had been centuries since central European countries last had as good a chance as they do now to shape their own fates.


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