Prime Minister held his regular, annual “State of the Nation” speech this afternoon.
The transcript is not available in English yet but no doubt you may read it soon on Mr. Orbán’s site here.
As usual, the speech took a broad, historic view and it was spiced up with great metaphors and jokes. First he gave a broad historic overview of Hungary’s last 150 years, the various eras and its struggles to develop the country. After a few remarks on the political and economic situation, the second half of the speech was about the migrant crisis and its historic context. Let’s see some memorable quotes from this part in no particular order:
We should never be dragged into anti-Russian,anti-German or anti-Turkish international political manoeuvres. Politics based on moral superiority, which is often cultivated in the West, doesn’t fit Hungarian interests.
In Western Europe, now boundaries are blurred between good and bad, women and men, reality and dreams.
There’s no freedom, community or individual success in the face of reality. There’s only political drug addiction, failures, cynicism and self-destruction if you fight reality. Maybe this is why there are so many high-minded unhappy liberals in Brussels.
If we don’t act now, the tension between Europe and the Muslim world will be out of control, here on our territory.
It’s not migrants who we should be angry at. They are also victims, they do only what their interest is- but Europe does not do that!
Europe has the capacity to protect itself. Brussels can’t organise this defence and doesn’t even want to.
How is it even possible to let in masses of people without any control? We just don’t get that here in the Visegrád countries.
Europe is Hellas, it’s not Persia; Europe is Rome, it’s not Carthage. Europe is Christianity, it’s not caliphates.
Some of the Western political elites are cosmopolitan but people are patriots – these elites don’t understand their own people.
Uncontrolled masses are being transferred into Europe – we don’t know who is a terrorist, who is a criminal, an economic migrant or a refugee: this is CRAZY.
Spring is coming. We must help the countries of the Balkans because they are protecting Europe’s borders.
Hungary is a sovereign country, only those may enter our territory who respect our rules and abide our armed forces.
We cannot let Brussels to place itself above the law. They can’t force us to import their mistakes.There won’t be no-go zones, there won’t be riots in Hungary, there won’t be attacks on refugee centres and gangs are not going to harass our wives and daughters.
We don’t believe that Europe will give up its legacy. Rest assured Hungary won’t make a single step on that road.
UPDATE: Watch the speech with English subtitles here.
He speaks about the existential danger Hungary and European civilization face in the second half.