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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán posted a picture to his Facebook page, showing him in the reflection of a mirror engraved with “Hungary’s seven rules.” Orbán, the author of the rules, has described them as “the seven rules created through the tears and blood of Hungary’s nation-politics in the XXI century.”

Simply tagging his presence at the Carmelite Monastery, the current seat of the prime minister, Orbán posted the photo right before the video conference of the members of the European Council that day.

Photo via Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page

The seven rules Orbán considers crucial to Hungary’s identity are:

  • A homeland only exists as long as there is someone who loves it.
  • Every Hungarian child is a new sentinel.
  • Truth means little without strength.
  • Only that which we can defend is truly ours.
  • Matches are only over when we have won.
  • Only countries have borders, nations do not.
  • No Hungarian is alone.

The prime minister brought up these seven rules in a speech last August.

Just like in nature and in space, there are rules to existence and survival. And once we have understood these rules, we must engrave them onto Hungary’s pillars so sharply that no future generation will ever be able to take their eyes off them.”

Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press secretary, told Telex that the mirror in Orbán’s office was created by Fidesz in commemoration of the party’s establishment 33 years ago. “In the mirror we can see ourselves,” he says, “and the seven rules of Hungary’s national politics.”

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According to Havasi, other Fidesz founders will also receive a mirror of this kind in the coming days, and later all members of the party will be provided with one.

Featured photo illustration by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI