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Addressing a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague on Sunday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that thirty years ago central Europeans had been self-confident enough to declare their region Europe's future.

“And knowing our achievements in light of Europe’s situation we can say with all due modesty that, today, we are indeed the future of Europe.” “We are ready for this mission,” Orbán said. “Thirty years ago we central Europeans showed that we could not only die for our countries and for Europe but could live and work for them too.” “Today, we share not only a common destiny but common goals too,” Orbán said. “The cooperation of central European countries is written into the hearts of the people of central Europe”. This is why the coming years would be about the success of central Europe and the Visegrad Group, he added. The Czech and Polish anti-communist resistance had served as a model for young Hungarians in the 1980s. This helped Hungarians to begin dismantling the communist system, he said, adding that it was now clear that belonging to the ’68 generation meant something radically different in the West than in central Europe. Whereas the ’68 generation of the West strived to dismantle the Europe of free nation states and Christian culture, “our ’68-ers want to regain and protect these values.”