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“We must take back the institutions in Washington and in Brussels,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday. “We must find friends and allies in one another,” he added. Orbán noted the US mid-term elections will take place later this year, followed by presidential and congressional elections in 2024. “And we will have election in the European Parliament in the same year,” he added. “These two locations will define the two fronts in the battle being fought for western civilisation,” Orbán said.
The US government has put Europe and the European Union under ideological pressure, Orbán insisted. “The Obama administration tried to force us to change the Fundamental Law of Hungary and delete Christian and national values from it,” the prime minister said in his keynote speech. “The leading power of the free world wanted to force us to change our constitution according to a globalist liberal concept. How bizarre!” But this attempt was successfully resisted, he added.
Noting that Texas is known as the Lone Star State, Orbán said the state represented “independence, freedom and sovereignty” as the “dearest values in this part of America”. “My country, Hungary, is the lone star state of Europe,” he declared. “Independence, freedom and sovereignty is what we Hungarians fought for in the last 500 years,” he said. “We fought for Christianity in the Middle and Modern Ages; and we fought for Christian democracy in the 20th century, and continue to fight to this day.” Orbán said he was the leader of a country that “is under the siege of progressive liberals day by day.”
Hungarians, he added, were the first in Europe to say no to illegal migration and “stopped the invasion of illegal migrants”. Hungarians believe that stopping illegal migration “is necessary to protect our nation”, Orbán said. Hungary’s government decided to ask the people whether or not they wanted illegal migration, and Hungarians rejected it in a referendum, he said. “So, they don’t want to play by the rules of the progressives,” he added.
Meanwhile, on the subject of the war in Ukraine, Orbán said: “Without American-Russian talks there will never be peace in Ukraine.” Noting that Ukraine is Hungary’s neighbour, Orbán declared that “we are in full solidarity with them”. “The attack of Russia against Ukraine has forced close to one million refugees to Hungary so far,” he added. “The globalist leaders’ strategy escalates and prolongs war and decreases the chance of peace,” Orbán said. “Only strong leaders are able to make peace. We in the neighbourhood of Ukraine are desperately in need of strong leaders, who are capable of negotiating the peace deal,” Orbán said.