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Orbán Outlines His EU Vision in Full-Page Ads in Foreign Papers

Péter Cseresnyés 2021.06.28.

Several European newspapers have published a full-page paid advertisement in which Viktor Orbán summarizes in seven points the type of European Union he envisions.

In the Saturday edition of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the Hungarian government published an ad which lays out Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s proposal for the future of the EU, collected in seven points. (However, in the ads it is labeled as “Hungary’s proposal” and not that of PM Orbán).

The text of the ad is a brief version of the idea presented by the Hungarian PM at a Budapest conference last week.

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In the newspaper ad, Orbán claims that Brussels is building a superstate, one that no one authorized. He wrote that the European Parliament has reached a “dead end” while also declaring that the European integration is “a means, not an end.” Orbán also outlined in the ad that he wants Serbia to join the EU.

In addition to the Danish daily, Orbán’s seven points were also published in Spanish newspaper, ABC, on Saturday.

It is not yet known in total how many European newspapers the text may have appeared in, but Belgian newspaper De Morgen published an article on Thursday stating that their sales department also received a proposal from an agency representing the Hungarian government to publish the full-page advertisement.

The paper eventually rejected the publication of Orbán’s seven-points, saying that the ad’s claims on empire-building and NGOs ignore the fact that it is EU citizens who elect the European Parliament while the European Council brings together the heads of state and government in a single body.

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According to the paper, the timing of the ad is also noteworthy, as the Orbán government is currently under heavy fire for recent Hungarian legislation which many believe targets the LGBTQ community.

 Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI