Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, addressing a conference on conservatism in Rome on Tuesday, said economic success was a prerequisite for conservative policy. Achieving economic success is the only way for nationally minded conservative and Christian democratic leaders to “survive”, Orbán told a podium discussion at the National Conservatism Conference. But if a conservative political leader makes a mistake and economic indicators fall as a result, the leader “is murdered the next morning”, he added.
The prime minister noted the Hungarian economy has been growing at a rate of 4-5% in recent years, adding that the unemployment rate had fallen to 3%, with the public debt also shrinking. He also said Europe was in need of new challenges and “new energetic movements” if the continent was to be competitive.