“Hungary today belongs to a winning team.”

December 1, 2016


Echoing statements made at yesterday’s Diaspora Council meeting in Budapest, today Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told the Hungarian Standing Consultation (Máért) that “Hungary today belongs to a winning team.”

The head of government said that whereas before Hungary was a “stigmatized, displaced” country, its politics “had become the politics of victors” and it was easier for other countries to stand alongside Hungary today.

“No reason for defeatism”

Orbán said the greatest success of the past six years since his government was elected was national unity realized by Hungarians living both at home and abroad, that cooperation among Hungarians had become a daily practice, and there was “no reason for defeatism” as 810,000 people of full or partial Hungarian ancestry living abroad had taken the oath of Hungarian citizenship. This had been made possible by the first act of the new Fidesz-controlled parliament in 2010.

He said that in the field of minority rights EU membership had only failed to bring the hoped-for results in the region. Despite the efforts of many to isolate Hungary politically over the past few years, this had not come about.

Intellectual confusion

Orbán said intellectual confusion reigns in the Western world, as had been made clear in the “absurd situation” following the death of Fidel Castro in which Castro was “absolved” and reality “lied about.”

He said Europe’s left-liberal elite did not understand the reality about what socialism and communism in Europe or Cuba was like, and continued to believe in the “dream world” linking socialism and communism.  It had been for this reason that many in Brussels did not understand Brexit or Donald Trump’s victory in the US election in which “reality triumphed over ideology,” and it was “not difficult to find the parallel between this and the 2010 Hungarian election.”

(We have no idea what Orbán is talking about and suspect neither does he.-ed.)

Message for Romanian Hungarians 

The head of government addressed the situation in Romania where, according to him, means used in the fight against corruption are being turned against the leaders of Hungarian communities.

He warned that Transylvanian Hungarians risked losing their representation in parliament, and asked them to make retaining representation in parliament a priority.