The war is also a tool for “restructuring power in Europe,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a radio interview on Friday. While every country must prepare for what comes after the war, “a responsible leader cannot afford himself to publicly speculate on its outcome.” Leftist parties “are pro-war, and “as long as they are being financed from abroad”, they are expected to stay that way, he said. However, the parliamentary majority ensures a bigger weight to the “party of peace”, Orbán said.
At the same time, Orbán said new opportunities have opened to those that want to change traditional European power relations, formed around the Franco-German axis. In the past, the US did not directly interfere in shaping European politics but this has changed with the war in Ukraine and the US is now leading a “pro-war coalition” behind Ukraine, Orbán said. “The Americans stand behind heroically fighting Ukrainians, which does not detract from the value of Ukrainians’ heroism but the truth is that Ukraine can only continue fighting as long as the US says yes to it,” he said. “Once the US says no, a ceasefire will ensue,” he added.
Donald Trump, who plans to run for president again, wants a ceasefire, so the outcome of the 2024 US elections will have a direct influence on whether the war continues or a ceasefire and peace talks take place, Orbán said. He also said that scrapping war-related sanctions would be the fastest way to curb inflation, and Hungary will continue to veto measures that would cause “the most immediate damage” to its economy. Should the European Union scrap the sanctions imposed on Russia tomorrow, inflation would halve instantly, then gradually return to 2-3%, Orbán said. The ten packages of sanctions so far meant “ten bloody [political] battles” when the government had to stand up for the country’s interests, Orbán said, praising Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó’s leadership in the matter. Thanks to government measures, inflation is expected to return to single digits by the end of the year, he said. Support for the steps protecting families, pensioners and SMEs is widespread, and they are generally expected to yield results, he said. Those results should be visible by the end of 2023 the latest, he said.
Orbán said the gap between Brussels and Hungary is insurmountable when it comes to gender affairs but “since we will not yield [to pressure], Brussels will have to”. Parents have every right to expect help from the government in protecting their children, and raising children should remain the responsibility of parents, Orbán said. Schools must not be allowed to promote a way of life that parents disagree with, he added. “Gender identity belongs in this latter category because the Hungarian approach is that propaganda has no place in schools,” he said. If the standards of child protection loosen, the number of paedophile crimes will increase, he added.