Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto: ‘Liberal mainstream building opinion dictatorship’

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Monday slammed "the Liberal mainstream" as the cause of a "weakening European Union, the extreme pessimism of the populace of many Western European countries" and for building an "opinion dictatorship".

Addressing the Conservative Conference organised by the Ladislav Hanus Fellowship in Bratislava, Szijjarto said “the Liberal mainstream is also hypocritical because they lecture us on how to operate a democracy and on the importance of the freedom of opinion. Meanwhile, the Liberal mainstream is the most discriminative ideology today, branding and excluding dissenters immediately. So the Liberal mainstream is actually building a hegemony and dictatorship of opinion,” he said.

The EU’s share of the world’s GDP has fallen to 18 percent from 21 percent over the past 20 years, Szijjarto said. Today, 7 of the 50 largest companies of the world are from the EU, down from 14 ten years ago, he said. Meanwhile, 27 percent of social spending in the world is being given out in Europe, he said, “which questions the system’s sustainability”.

The EU has been successful thanks to its strong nation states and conservative politics, Szijjarto said. It could be bolstered again by a conservative turnaround, and if patriotic politics based on democratic Christian values and on the “original European values” replaced its Liberal mainstream, he said.

A weakening EU “is contrary to the will of central Europeans”, Szijjarto said. In an antidemocratic move, the Liberals are “trying to thwart the participation of central Europeans, Christians and conservatives” in the debate on the future of the EU, he said.

Meanwhile, Szijjarto said Hungary was putting conservative family, economy and security policy into practice. The number of taxpayers has grown from 1.7 million to 4.2 million in 11 years since the Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance came to power, he said. The government is also protecting families, and has called to life a programme to support persecuted Christians in their homelands, he said.

Hungary staunchly rejects anti-Israeli criticism, policies

Hungary will always take a stand in international organisations against those criticising Israel or pursuing anti-Israeli policies, Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s foreign minister, said on Monday after a phone call with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid.

Hungary will always defend Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorist organisations and attacks, Szijjarto said on Facebook.

The minister noted that he had first met Lapid back in 2013 during the Israeli’s term as finance minister.

Lapid expressed thanks for Hungary’s continuous support for Israel, Szijjarto said, adding that he assured him that Israel could always count on Hungary in the future.

Szijjarto said he was looking forward to an opportunity to host his Israeli counterpart in Budapest as soon as possible.

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