The values of Europe are in the hearts of its people “rather than in Brussels”, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Saturday, addressing a congress of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) in Maribor.
In his speech, Orbán said: “European values are often talked about like they were kept in Brussels strongboxes with a select few keeping the keys … Many think that Europe is in Brussels, where instructions are given to member states.” The prime minister said this kind of ideology had led to the financial crisis of 2008. It also led to the “free movement of illegal migrants replacing the free movement of labour.” Orbán argued, however, that central Europe, a diverse, Christian, and multi-ethnic region, acted as “the continent’s gateway and fortress.”
“We are proud to live here; we are proud of our nations, our historical achievements and the survival of difficult centuries,” he said. “We want to remain Slovenes and Hungarians.” Many think the solution to the continent’s aging population lies in an open immigration policy, Orbán said. “But we say that even if it is harder, we must mobilise our own inner reserves to survive as a nation, and we are convinced that it is possible.” Slovenia’s opposition democrats, he said, are the ruling Fidesz party’s “twin” and “comrades” with shared Christian values.
“The history of a free and independent Slovenia could not be written without SDS, just like a free and independent Slovenia in the future could not be conceived without them.” Viktor Orbán referred to SDS head Janez Jansa as a “strong, reliable and respectable leader”.
In his address to the congress, Jansa said Europe is “old and rich” and Slovenia is especially inflicted by problems of an ageing society. “Whereas the left wing advocates mass migration,” SDS promotes population growth and family support, he added.
During his visit to Slovenia, Viktor Orbán had talks in Maribor with the head of the interest representation group for Hungarians in Muravidék (Prekmurje). Ferenc Horváth informed him about the organisation’s activities over the past eighteen months, and thanked the Hungarian government for its support in developments which serve the interests of the local Hungarian community. They also discussed the preparations for the György Zala Memorial Year: a cultural programme of special significance for the Hungarian community in Slovenia.
via hungarymatters.hu, MTI and kormany.hu; featured photo: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI