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Think-tank head: Hungarian right wing punching above its weight

The right wing in Hungary is punching above its weight, the head of the Center for Fundamental Rights said ahead of the CPAC Hungary conference to be held on May 4-5.

“Our sovereignty must be asserted while building global alliances,” Miklos Szantho said in an interview published by on Monday.

Commenting on the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, he said the Hungarian event was the only European CPAC that was a big draw for the world’s major right-wing figures.

Right-wingers around the world, he said, increasingly realised that the time had passed to play by the rules of liberals, and the time had come for national forces to act on their ability to cooperate on the world stage.

The idea of the trinity of God, homeland, and family as pillars of civilisation was shared “from the Potomac to the Danube”, Szantho said, adding that the progressive left was attacking precisely this idea.

But such attacks only served to reinforce right-wingers in their convictions, he added, noting that family and child protection were central themes of CPACs in Washington, Tokyo, Mexico City and Sao Paulo.

The think-tank head said “wokeness” and “gender ideology” were kinds of “mental illness”.

Meanwhile, he said the importance of protecting the integrity of Ukraine “cannot be overestimated” in terms of ensuring that the region never lives under the shadow of the Russian threat again. But, he added, the question should be raised as to what kind of West “we want to offer Kyiv” as an alternative.

Referring to the upcoming CPAC Hungary event, Szantho said two incumbent prime ministers, two former prime ministers, four party heads, two congressmen, “former and future senators”, as well as “countless representatives from Europe, and politicians and journalists from South America to Israel” would attend.

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