It was not only the lost election which caused a shock in opposition circles, but also the knowledge that the progressivist approach makes their situation worse. The intellectual identity of this layer of the intelligentsia has received a big blow now, and this is what is ailing them, actually. They have much to think about: is it absolutely necessary to look down on people who think differently? Is it possible that progressivity, the core of their message, is no longer valid?
The legacy of 20th century history has left the Right in Central Europe questioning what we are meant to conserve after 40 years of communism. Our task is not so much to preserve traditions, but to reawaken them and to establish new ones. This approach is more reactionary; Central European conservatism is combative, because it has to be.
Following Viktor Orbán’s victory at the Hungarian elections, the EU has launched its “budget conditionality procedure” which could lead to EU funds being withheld from Hungary. While Hungarian opposition leaders welcome this move, the government speaks of a “witch hunt.”
This latest triumph of Fidesz, the fourth time it achieved a two-thirds victory, may further corroborate theories that Orbán’s Fidesz was to become the centrist party of a new era, to remain in power for an extended period of time, continuing the Hungarian political historical tradition.
Overall, congratulations from European leaders to the reappointed prime minister have been slow or lukewarm, while the majority of European media outlets have been critical. No official reaction came from the offices in Paris, Berlin, or Rome.
“We will remember this victory until the end of our lives because we had to fight against a huge number of opponents,” Viktor Orbán said in his speech on Sunday night. “We have had a victory so great it can be seen from the moon; no doubt it can be seen from Brussels.”
The new president arrived at Parliament accompanied by her husband and three children. Refuting the ‘codes’ of militant feminism, Novák highlighted her identity as a woman and mother as decisive assets in politics.
Marking the beginning of his reelection campaign, Viktor Orbán focused his annual state of the nation address on the shortcomings of the opposition, the economical and social achievements of his administration, and his diplomatic, but clear, stance on foreign politics.
The European continent’s foremost national-conservative leaders gathered over the weekend in the Spanish capital to further plans to form a unified, right-wing, anti-globalist alliance, which as the third-largest force in the European Parliament, would elevate the Right’s political clout to a degree not previously seen at the EU level.
The April 3rd round of elections, the earliest allowed by law since the last elections in 2018, poses the greatest electoral challenge incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has faced since his Fidesz party first won a parliamentary majority in 2010. Now, diverse opposition parties have banded together in an attempt to unseat Fidesz.
Growing capital formation and a rising standard of living are irrefutable evidence of how the Hungarian government is successfully putting its conservative values to work. With a distinctly conservative welfare state, Mr. Orbán has led his country out of a demographic slump. Marriage and birth rates are up noticeably, which is precisely what the Hungarian government was aiming for.
The choice of Katalin Novák allows him to highlight the work she has done to promote family values in Hungary. They will remain the priority of Novák’s focus, in contrast to Áder for whom environmental issues were the subject of his attention. The promotion of a woman to the highest office also allows Orbán to respond to accusations that his policies are outdated.
There is no indication that David French has ever visited Hungary, but the idea that leading figures of an American political movement in which he no longer possesses even a crumb of influence or credibility feels affinity for that country clearly angers and frightens him.
Parties from 16 EU countries, including Frances’ Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS, Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, united on 2 July with the objective of making their voice heard in the debate on the future of Europe. The leaders of the European conservative and right-wing parties signed simultaneously in several European capitals a document calling for […]