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Orbán said the lesson learnt from the 2002 election defeat was that “we believed that if we live in democracy, nothing threatens us anymore”. “We thought the nation has sovereignty, it is ours, and everyone will serve that at home and respect it from the outside,” he added. “The world around us is not interested in Hungary remaining a sovereign country … they will be better off if we partially or fully lose our sovereignty,” he said, adding that even some Hungarians thought that way. Hungary, he said, could not be sovereign as long as public thinking was dominated by “a liberal hegemony”. “This does not mean that we should eliminate what belongs to our adversaries … what we want is pluralism in Hungary,” he said. “In the West, they have not understood this; public thinking there is unable to step out of the liberal framework,” he added.
The Hungarian political system stands closer to a democratic way of thinking than the western European does, he said. “Liberals do not care about the people; their thinking focuses on an ideology and not the community of people,” he added. Orbán said Hungary’s international influence was “greater than its real weight” because “Europeans can now express their opinion via Hungary rather than their own publicity”.
“It is high time the West learnt that you cannot live in lies because it will make you sick and destroy you,” he said. Meanwhile, he said “lost sovereignty was in the focus of the last century”, while Hungary’s sovereignty was regained at the end of the century and “this decade is about retaining that sovereignty”. Hungary continues to rely on Századvég’s help, “especially the young generation”, Orbán said. “We regained sovereignty and now it is up to young people to retain it.”