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‘No War, No Migra­tion, No Gen­der’– Hun­gar­i­an Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs and Trade Péter Szi­jjártó in New York

Source: hun​gari​an​con​ser​v​a​tive​.com

Ildikó Antal-Fer­encz

Hun­gar­i­an Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs and Trade Péter Szi­jjártó was the guest speak­er at the lat­est event of the Inter­na­tion­al Speak­er Series orga­nized by the New York Young Repub­li­can Club on 7 Feb­ru­ary. After address­ing the chal­lenges Europe has been fac­ing late­ly regard­ing the war, migra­tion, and shrink­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness, the min­is­ter answered sev­er­al ques­tions from the audience.

Hun­gar­i­an Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs and Trade Péter Szi­jjártó and Pres­i­dent of the New York Young Repub­li­can Club Gavin Wax
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Hun­gar­i­an Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs and Trade Péter Szi­jjártó was the guest speak­er at the lat­est event of the Inter­na­tion­al Speak­er Series orga­nized by the New York Young Repub­li­can Club (NYYRC) on 7 Feb­ru­ary. The event was attend­ed by the Hun­gar­i­an Ambas­sador to the US Szabolcs Takács and István Pász­tor, Con­sul Gen­er­al of the New York Con­sulate of Hun­gary, and host­ed by pres­i­dent of the NYYRC Gavin Wax. After address­ing the chal­lenges Europe and the Euro­pean Union have been cur­rent­ly fac­ing, that is, war, migra­tion, and shrink­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness, the min­is­ter answered sev­er­al ques­tions from the audience.

After express­ing his appre­ci­a­tion for the invi­ta­tion, Szi­jjártó recalled his per­son­al expe­ri­ence of the half year he spent in Ohio as a teenag­er, espe­cial­ly how impressed he was about the Amer­i­cans’ patri­o­tism and respect of their nation­al sym­bols, tra­di­tions, and his­to­ry. These emo­tions must be respect­ed and fol­lowed, he added. 

Accord­ing to the min­is­ter, the chal­lenges Europe and the Euro­pean Union (EU) are fac­ing nowa­days are actu­al­ly ‘a pack­age of chal­lenges con­sist­ing of three major issues’: the war in Ukraine, the major influx of migrants that explod­ed in 2015, and the con­tin­u­ous­ly shrink­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness of the EU’s econ­o­my. He con­sid­ers the lib­er­al main­stream to be the major cause of Europe’s fail­ure to address these chal­lenges, as it ‘rules basi­cal­ly all spheres of life in Europe, tries to achieve an absolute hege­mo­ny, and makes it absolute­ly impos­si­ble to have ratio­nal, respect-based debates or dis­cus­sions about any major issue’. As the speak­er not­ed jok­ing­ly, if some­one men­tions in Europe that it might be bet­ter to con­cen­trate on how to make peace in Ukraine instead of sup­ply­ing weapons, that per­son is con­sid­ered ‘either a spy of the Rus­sians, a per­son­al friend of Putin, or a Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dist’. If one says that the only way for­eign­ers can enter a coun­try is by hav­ing valid doc­u­ments that they must present at a bor­der check­point, they are very close to being called a fas­cist. As Szi­jjártó sum­ma­rized: ‘This is what I face at least once a month when meet­ing the for­eign min­is­ters of the EU and this is why Europe has gov­erned itself to a very deep cri­sis sim­ply because it was not able to man­age these three major challenges’.

After his intro­duc­tion, Szi­jjártó explained how the Hun­gar­i­an gov­ern­ment views its own so-called ‘illib­er­al’ democ­ra­cy: ‘The lib­er­al main­stream con­sid­ers them­selves as the only pro­gres­sive and demo­c­ra­t­ic ide­ol­o­gy in pol­i­tics. And if you are not ready to align with them and to rep­re­sent the lib­er­al approach or val­ues, then you are anti-demo­c­ra­t­ic, dic­ta­to­r­i­al, auto­crat, and, again, a per­son­al friend of Putin.’ This is why, he con­tin­ued, the lib­er­al main­stream is the most intol­er­ant ide­ol­o­gy that has been dom­i­nat­ing pub­lic life in recent decades: it does not tol­er­ate any dif­fer­ence in opin­ion and does not respect the rights of the non-lib­er­als to rep­re­sent their own views and deci­sions. ‘When you rep­re­sent a non-lib­er­al opin­ion in a debate in Europe, you are con­sid­ered to be a non-Euro­pean. They do not con­sid­er you as a demo­c­ra­t­ic per­son, gov­ern­ment or coun­try if you are not lib­er­al. In our under­stand­ing, how­ev­er, democ­ra­cy may not only be lib­er­al. Democ­ra­cy is democ­ra­cy and it does not need any kind of mark­ers. How­ev­er, when we say we are an illib­er­al democ­ra­cy, we mean that we are a democ­ra­cy gov­erned by a non-lib­er­al party.’

The min­is­ter argued that Hun­gary believes a polit­i­cal sys­tem can also be demo­c­ra­t­ic with a con­ser­v­a­tive, Chris­t­ian demo­c­ra­t­ic, and patri­ot­ic gov­ern­ment; how­ev­er, in Europe, these par­ties and gov­ern­ments are con­sid­ered to be pop­ulist, because the lib­er­al main­stream rules the media and the net­work of civic orga­ni­za­tions. He empha­sized that most gov­ern­ments in Euro­pean coun­tries are either hav­ing a very small mar­gin, are being com­posed of many dif­fer­ent coali­tion par­ties, or are even in a minor­i­ty in their par­lia­ment, so it is very easy for the lib­er­al main­stream to put pres­sure on these gov­ern­ments or par­ties. ‘This is what I feel when­ev­er I meet the for­eign min­is­ters of the EU: I am one of the very few, not to say the only one who can say what he thinks. I do not have to wor­ry about the dan­ger of an NGO killing my gov­ern­ment the next day because we have a sta­ble and cred­i­ble polit­i­cal sys­tem. And nei­ther the media nor the NGOs can inter­fere into the oper­a­tion of the demo­c­ra­t­ic polit­i­cal sys­tem. But where the gov­ern­ments are frag­ile, a bad report or cov­er sto­ry or a well-orches­trat­ed action of an NGO can change them.’ He said that the Hun­gar­i­an media land­scape is ‘pret­ty hard and colour­ful as half of the media is sup­port­ive of the gov­ern­ment, the oth­er half hates it’. Yet, based on the cur­rent Euro­pean stan­dards, it is a dic­ta­tor­ship because the lib­er­als do not have a 99.9% con­trol of the nation­al media, as is the gen­er­al sit­u­a­tion in Europe now, he explained, adding:

the con­ser­v­a­tive media is imme­di­ate­ly stig­ma­tized as ‘slave media

being spon­sored by the gov­ern­ment. This is why we con­sid­er the lib­er­al main­stream very intolerant.

Hun­gar­i­an Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs and Trade Péter Szi­jjártó and Pres­i­dent of the New York Young Repub­li­can Club Gavin Wax PHOTO: Ildikó Antal-Ferencz

Regard­ing the war in Ukraine, Szi­jjártó stat­ed: the Euro­pean strat­e­gy ‘has total­ly failed, because Europe feeds Ukraine with weapons, mon­ey, and infor­ma­tion in order for Ukraine to win the war and for Rus­sia to lose it, and that would result in a polit­i­cal earth­quake in Rus­sia’. How­ev­er, two years passed and none of these hap­pened; more­over, the sanc­tions imple­ment­ed by the EU are more harm­ful to Europe itself than to Rus­sia. Fur­ther­more, every day the war is extend­ed, more peo­ple die and more destruc­tion takes place, con­clud­ed Mr. Szi­jjártó. ‘Hun­gary is the only coun­try in NATO which does not deliv­er weapons to Ukraine, because we know that the more weapons are deliv­ered, the longer the war will go on, more peo­ple will die, and more destruc­tion will take place’. He point­ed out that that there is a Hun­gar­i­an com­mu­ni­ty in Ukraine of about 150,000 peo­ple, many of whom have been mobi­lized for the Ukrain­ian army as Ukrain­ian cit­i­zens, most of them deployed to the front lines and many of them dying. Hence, Hun­gary is ‘a nation whose mem­bers are dying in this war, and there­fore it looks at this war from a total­ly dif­fer­ent angle than oth­ers’. As not­ed by the min­is­ter, the out­come of the EU’s sanc­tions imple­ment­ed on Rus­sia is that the Russ­ian oil is being bought by the Chi­nese for a much cheap­er price than it used to be sold to Europe, and Europe is buy­ing much more expen­sive oil than before from oth­er sources. He added that Hun­gary is now pushed to imple­ment sanc­tions on the Russ­ian nuclear indus­try, which would be a tragedy to Hun­gary, con­sid­er­ing the weight Rus­sians have in the Hun­gar­i­an nuclear ener­gy sec­tor. The sanc­tions sim­ply do not work, as they are hit­ting the Euro­pean econ­o­my itself and have no major impact on the Russ­ian econ­o­my, he added.

‘We stick to our right to make a deci­sion about whom we allow to enter the coun­try, and whom we are ready to live togeth­er with. And there is no way that any exter­nal force, be it Brus­sels or Wash­ing­ton, can tell us who to let in’, he start­ed, remem­ber­ing that when the migra­tion cri­sis hit Europe, Hun­gary built a fence at its south­ern bor­der and deployed the army, the bor­der patrol, and the police to defend it. Thus, Hun­gary stopped 275,000 ille­gal migrants in 2022 alone and almost 200,000 in 2023. He asked: ‘Imag­ine what would have hap­pened if we let them come in, and how many more would have come, know­ing that they may come in?’ He warned that in the coun­tries fol­low­ing dif­fer­ent paths the out­come is par­al­lel soci­eties, anti-Israel protests, and ris­ing mod­ern age anti­semitism. As far as the econ­o­my is con­cerned, Szi­h­hártó recalled that the EU used to be num­ber two in the world based on its share of glob­al GDP, but late­ly became num­ber three as Chi­na has tak­en over. As he explained, Hun­gary is one of the three coun­tries in the world, besides Chi­na and Ger­many, where all three Ger­man pre­mi­um car­mak­ers have fac­to­ries, and their num­ber one sup­pli­ers are Chi­nese, there­fore the man­age­ments of these fac­to­ries ‘always ask to bring their Chi­nese sup­pli­ers to Hun­gary, and not even to the same city, but to the plot next door, to decrease the sup­ply chain’.

Despite the fail­ure of the EU address­ing these major chal­lenges, Hun­gary has not only sur­vived the recent years, but it proved to be real­ly suc­cess­ful, due to the smart deci­sions of Hun­gar­i­an peo­ple and the sta­bil­i­ty of the polit­i­cal sys­tem in Hun­gary, con­clud­ed Mr. Szi­jjártó. He point­ed out that the cur­rent gov­ern­ment won all of the last four elec­tions in 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022 with a two-thirds major­i­ty in the par­lia­ment. This means that Hun­gary is a democ­ra­cy, even if the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment con­sid­ers and treats Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orbán as a dic­ta­tor. He explained that

‘in Europe a strong lead­er­ship and a strong polit­i­cal sys­tem is sup­posed to be a threat, a danger;

prob­a­bly because of the bad mem­o­ries of Euro­pean his­to­ry of the last century’.

Polit­i­cal sta­bil­i­ty is the real basis of our suc­cess, repeat­ed the min­is­ter, and not­ed that the last elec­tion was won by the biggest mar­gin so far, which was unex­pect­ed by some of the exter­nal forces ‘hav­ing invest­ed tens of mil­lions of dol­lars in Hun­gary to push the sev­en oppo­si­tion par­ties from the far right to the far left to the same plat­form’. This mas­sive inter­fer­ence into the Hun­gar­i­an elec­tions, he added, was coor­di­nat­ed from the US, ‘from the net­work of George Soros and from orga­ni­za­tions not too far from the cur­rent­ly rul­ing par­ty in Wash­ing­ton DC’. He not­ed that democ­ra­cy is about ful­fill­ing the will of the peo­ple expressed in the elec­tions, stat­ing that being re-elect­ed three times with a huge mar­gin means that Hun­gar­i­an peo­ple like what the Hun­gar­i­an gov­ern­ment is doing. If, how­ev­er, this is ques­tioned, it means the matu­ri­ty of a nation is being ques­tioned. He con­clud­ed: ‘We do not accept any­one chal­leng­ing the demo­c­ra­t­ic nature of our polit­i­cal sys­tem and we espe­cial­ly do not accept any­one ques­tion­ing the smart­ness and matu­ri­ty of the Hun­gar­i­an people’.

Szi­jjártó sum­ma­rized the Hun­gar­i­an government’s strat­e­gy and vision as: ‘no war, no migra­tion, no gen­der’. Hun­gary wants peace in Ukraine, because ‘it is the only way you save lives and no bat­tle­field devel­op­ment will improve the cir­cum­stances for peace’. Hun­gary made it very clear that it is not will­ing to allow any ille­gal migrants in the coun­try. Also, Hun­gary put for­ward a very clear def­i­n­i­tion: fam­i­ly means a father, a moth­er, and chil­dren. Szi­jjártó added: ‘in order to pour clean water into the glass, we put it in the con­sti­tu­tion that the father is a man, and the moth­er is a woman, in order to make sure that no one under­stands it wrong­ly’He recalled that the Hun­gar­i­an gov­ern­ment has a very clear approach: if once some­body was born as a man (woman), the state will con­sid­er him (her) a man (woman) dur­ing his (her) entire life. There­fore, the gov­ern­ment decid­ed to pro­tect chil­dren from the ‘arro­gant and aggres­sive gen­der pro­pa­gan­da’, mak­ing it very clear in the reg­u­la­tions that the sex­u­al edu­ca­tion of chil­dren is the exclu­sive right of their par­ents. Thus, LGBTQ orga­ni­za­tions are banned from schools and  kinder­gartens, and all homo­sex­u­al and trans­gen­der pro­pa­gan­da is for­bid­den for any­body under the age of 18.

The last mes­sage of the Hun­gar­i­an Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs and Trade was that Hun­gary looks at the US as a true friend and ally, despite the fact that the US ambas­sador to Hun­gary ‘is work­ing against that very deter­mined­ly’. He empha­sized that Hun­gary will nev­er for­get the US had received many of the refugees after the Sovi­et Union crushed the Hun­gar­i­an rev­o­lu­tion in 1956. He stat­ed: ‘It is more than obvi­ous that the cur­rent admin­is­tra­tion has a very hos­tile approach towards Hun­gary and is inter­est­ed in a weak Europe; this is one of the rea­sons why they are feed­ing the war in Ukraine’.

Then Szi­jjártó added: ‘We want peace and an improved, respect­ful US⁠–⁠Hun­gar­i­an rela­tions. And both of these have a name that is Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’. The speak­er recalled that Hun­gary has always respect­ed the deci­sion of Amer­i­can peo­ple and tried to work togeth­er with any elect­ed lead­er­ship based on the idea of con­nec­tiv­i­ty, however,

Hun­gary had the best polit­i­cal rela­tion­ship with the US dur­ing the Trump administration.

He added: the two gov­ern­ments thought about peace, migra­tion, and fam­i­lies in a sim­i­lar way, but more impor­tant­ly, the rela­tion­ship worked because it was based on mutu­al respect. ‘We hope we can soon return to that. And it is so fun­ny to see the fear in the eyes of my Euro­pean col­leagues when they look at the US polls nowa­days’. Szi­jjártó fin­ished his speech smil­ing while the audi­ence burst into applause.

Source: hun​gari​an​con​ser​v​a​tive​.com