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The message of 1968 in central Europe is still the same, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, addressing a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague on Sunday. “We want to decide our own destiny” he said. “We want to live as a free nation, not as an imperial colony or subordinate,” Orbán said. “We are central European democrats and we must protect the sovereignty of nation states,” the PM said. “Because abandoning this [principle] would end our democracy,” he said.
He said it was not a new ideological system that would improve Europe today. “We need simple human things: to live our own central European lives, to honour and protect our families, to enjoy our freedom, love our country and to be proud of our nation.” “Central Europeans have their own language: the language of freedom, independence and solidarity with one another.” “This language gives us an independent and distinct voice in the large family of European nations,” Orbán said. “This is why central Europe today is not only a geographical concept but a political, economic and cultural reality.”
All the premiers of the Visegrad countries — Czech leader Andrej Babis, Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki and Slovakian premier Peter Pellegrini — addressed the commemoration, together with Wolfgang Schauble, President of the German Bundestag.