Orban: Hungarian democracy same as Germany’s

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia that Hungary’s democracy is at the same level as the ones in Germany and Italy, noting, however, that it is based on a Christian model rather than a liberal one.

Hungary’s political scene is characterised by a “battle for intellectual sovereignty”, said Hungary’s prime minister. His government is fighting to enforce its Christian Democratic and conservative approach to democracy against liberal views, he added.

“We’re fighting so that European institutions and politics can be looked at from more than one point of view and so that we can engage in debates on ideas like family, nation, cultural traditions, religion and migration,” said Orbán.

Europe “is in trouble” as it still has not managed to define its new place in the global economy, the Hungarian prime minister said, highlighting that Europe has a hard time understanding that unlike the US and China, it is not capable of “fundamentally changing the rules of the game”.

According to the prime minister, this is because Europe still doesn’t have a joint military backed by science and innovation hubs that could serve as “the engines of technological advancement”. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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