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János Lázár: Hungarians in the 21st Century Must Remain Independent

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.01.10.

The Hungarians of the 21st century must maintain independence, defending the nation’s values and interests in a global competition, said János Lázár, Minister of Construction and Transport, during a commemoration in Debrecen (eastern Hungary).

The National Assembly, which fled from Budapest to Debrecen, met for the first time on January 9, 1849 in the Oratorio of the Reformed College in the city.

The minister recalled that the response to the 2008 world crisis was that the way forward after such a disaster was deeper integration, the surrender of nations. National governments are “not dealt a hand,” but rather a “world government” and an integrated world that brings together a modern, Western, prosperity-seeking society on the basis of a limited set of values.

This is why it was unique when the government set out to draft a new constitution

that clearly defines Hungary’s place and role in this globalized world, and puts the emphasis on Hungarian sovereignty, self-reliance, and the protection of national interests and values.

He added that in the 21st century, we are entering the era with no less ambition than

to make Hungary the strongest and most attractive nation and community

south of the Carpathians. This requires prosperity, development, and growth. The government has an opportunity and a role to play in putting the cause of homeland and progress into action.

Lajos Kósa, the city’s Fidesz MP, said that the government from 175 years ago could rely on Debrecen having the right political infrastructure. He noted that there is a lot to learn from the events of 1849.

Mayor László Papp reminded the audience that the almost half a year the country was governed from Debrecen was both the most difficult period of military and political struggle of the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848–1849, and the most glorious period of the so called Spring Campaign.


The Spring Campaign on the main battlefield unfolded from April 2 to May 21, 1849. The Hungarian army secured a significant but partial military victory. The strategy aimed to encircle Austrian imperial troops, relieve the city and fortress of Komárom, and on secondary fronts, free Transylvania and seize southern Hungary.

“Today, our most important mission is to ensure that our country, and with it the Hungarians of the Carpathian Basin, will be the winners of the 21st century,” he stressed.

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Via MTI; Featured Image: Facebook / Lázár János

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