(LifeSiteNews) — The European Union has become an “unaccountable empire” that is waging war on pro-family, Christian European nations in the name of LGBT ideology, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán argued this past weekend.
Orbán was speaking in Băile Tușnad, Romania at the annual Tusványos Summer University conference on July 22. The region is home to a high percentage of ethnic Hungarians. Orbán has appeared at the gathering since at least 2014.
❗️@PM_ViktorOrban at #Tusványos: Europe’s political class, devoid of accountability and lacking clear convictions, has led to an unaccountable empire through federalism. Hungary stresses the need to protect its unique identity, language, culture, and public sphere while embracing… pic.twitter.com/AW8Y6kMMcv
— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) July 22, 2023
The forward-thinking speech focused on both domestic and foreign affairs. As previously reported by LifeSite, Orbán called on the U.S. to view China as a global power in the emerging multi-polar world order, and to not escalate already-existing tensions. “Opposing sides should recognize each other as equals,” he said.
In Orbán’s remarks on Saturday, he also observed that Europe has lost the Christian faith. He pointed out that “Western values” today are rooted in “migration, LGBTQ, and war.”
“At the heart of the conflicts between the European Union and Hungary” is that “the European Union rejects [its] Christian heritage.” The EU is “managing population replacement through migration, and it is waging an LGBTQ offensive against family-friendly European nations.”
“Europe today has created its own political class,” he added, “which is no longer accountable and no longer has any Christian or democratic convictions.”
Since being elected in 2010, Orbán has turned his historically Catholic country into a bulwark against globalism and multiculturalism, infuriating open borders politicians. Many so-called national conservatives, or “post liberals” like scholar Gladden Pappin, have taken up residence in Hungary in recent years.
Orbán noted the dichotomy between Hungary and its secular, liberal neighbors by recalling that its Constitution is rooted in its Christian heritage, whereas others are founded on the notion of the solitary individual.
“The Hungarian Constitution’s essence, its founding premise, is that there is a place that is ours: our home,” he said. “There is a community that is ours: this is our nation.”
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— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) July 22, 2023
“Our spiritual starting point is that the most important things in human life are those which cannot be obtained alone,” he continued. “This is why the ‘we’ is at the heart of the Constitution. Peace, family, friendship, law and community spirit cannot be obtained alone.”
Orbán added that Hungary’s Constitution is adamantly pro-family.
“Our Constitution … affirms the place where our children will live as being our homeland. It affirms our identities as men and women, because that is what we call family,” he said. “It also affirms our borders, because that is how we can say who we want to live with.”
— Balázs Orbán (@BalazsOrban_HU) July 22, 2023
During Orbán’s speech, he also shared an in-depth analysis of intra-EU political battles. He said Hungary is under assault by “federalists” who are using “political corruption” to finance his opponents to remove his Hungary first government.
“The federalists are carrying out an attempt to oust us; they have openly said that they wanted a change of government in Hungary,” he said. “They have used every means of political corruption to finance the Hungarian opposition. They are doing the same thing in Poland and remember how they tried to prevent the Meloni right from winning in Italy? All these attempts have failed.”
Orbán characterized France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia as being on the side of the “federalists” while Poland, Hungary, as well as potentially Italy and Austria, are on the side of sovereignty.
Orbán further warned that too much “decoupling” from the world’s economy would be foolish for the European Union, especially regarding Russia, which provides much of the continent’s energy needs.
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— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) July 23, 2023
“The settling of the new equilibrium will not happen overnight – or even from one month to the next,” he predicted. “The settling of such a new equilibrium will take a whole generation. This means that not only will we live our lives within this global system of relations, within this world era, this zeitgeist: so too will our children … we must shape our Hungarian national plans with this in mind.”