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President Katalin Novák speaks at the Budapest Demographic Summit

“Being pro-family should be a national minimum”, emphasized President of the Republic Katalin Novák on Thursday, at the opening day of the Budapest Demographic Summit in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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She stressed that the demographic winter that has set in in the developed world is now turning into an ice age, but if there are no children, there is no future. “The pillars of our lives, the foundations of our Christian culture, are cracking and crumbling, and

if we do not take care of our values, which we believe to be inviolable, we will sacrifice ourselves before we become victims of the coming ice age”,

the head of state said.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (R) is among the speakers of the summit. Photo: MTI/Illyés Tibor

Katalin Novák recalled that we are the heirs of our freedom-fighting forefathers, and through their lives we have learned that Hungarians do not get freedom for free, we must fight for it again and again. Following the example of the 1848 Revolution and War of Independence, Katalin Novák set out in twelve points what Hungarian families want.

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Hungary is the most vocal and persistent advocate of families and demography in international politics, and this will not change despite liberal pressure, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his address. Mr Orbán stressed that despite attacks on the Hungarian government from the liberal world for being family-friendly, conservative and patriotic, “this only hardens us, there is no change”.

If anyone thinks that they can achieve change by pressing for it and exerting pressure, they do not know Hungarians,

he said.

Welcoming the participants to the meeting, he stressed that a large number of people had come to the event, which showed that the issue of the family and the child was moving people all over the world. Viktor Orbán also said that Europe was still led by a progressive and liberal elite that was preoccupied with “nonsense” instead of Europe’s important issues, such as the future of the continent’s demography.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán during his speech. Photo: MTI/Koszticsák Szilárd

He added that the framework for understanding Western political life, discourse, attitudes, ways of thinking and the way the world works has been hacked by liberals in two steps. The first step was that progressive liberals spread the view that the individual is the most important thing in the world, and the second step is that liberals are creating fear, he said.

The Prime Minister also emphasized that Hungarians must do their homework: “we must draw up the Hungarian Family Policy 2.0 program”. In his speech, the Prime Minister stressed that the first phase of family policy has been completed, and the second phase can now begin. The first phase of family policy is now under way. Those who have been reached with the instruments used so far have already been reached, and now they are thinking and working on how to further develop family policy, he added.

(L-R) Deputy PM of Tanzania Philip Isdor Mpango, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Hungarian President Katalin Novák Katalin, Italian PM Giorgia Meloni and Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán. Photo: MTI/Koszticsák Szilárd

He continued by saying that

We have no chance of persuading the current progressive, liberal elites to see reason, so we simply have to push them aside”.

The post-liberal era, which could replace the current progressive liberal era, “will not come by itself, somebody has to do it,” he said. “And who will do it if not us?”, he said. To do this, the political palette must be reshaped, a change of course is needed, and family-friendly conservative forces must be brought to power in as many European countries as possible, Mr Orbán said.

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Via MTI; Featured Image: MTI/Koszticsák Szilárd

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