Speaker Laszlo Kover - Photo: MTI

Kover: ‘This is our country and we will preserve it’

Addressing a congress of Hungary's ruling Fidesz party on Saturday, Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover said: "This is our country, and we will preserve it for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

Assessing the events of the two years since Fidesz’s last congress, Kover noted the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine, and the 11 sanctions packages approved by the European Union in response. He said the sanctions had ended up hurting the European economy rather than the Russian, and had also failed to bring an end to the conflict, “much to the delight of those with arms and oil business interests”.

He said that in response to the formation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s fifth government, “the federalists in Brussels are trying to outsource the country’s independent judiciary . to all kinds of agencies while trying to rob us of our money”.

The EU has failed to integrate either Turkiye or any of the Western Balkan countries awaiting membership, and “there’s an inpouring of millions of conquerors disguised as refugees”, Kover said. Meanwhile, he added, Europe was two years closer “to its own elimination”.

“A golden age has come to an end, being replaced by inflation and economic and income contraction,” the speaker said.

At the same time, employment and investments are rising, giving hope for the start of a new boom period, he added.

“We haven’t got any younger, but we are, perhaps, happier, and possibly even a bit wiser,” Kover said.

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