Skip to Content

Viktor Orban. Photo supplied

Orban stresses that rule of law a matter of honor for Hungary

The rule of law is not a legal issue in Hungary, but rather one of honour, Prime Minister Viktor Orban noted after talks with his Finnish counterpart in Budapest on Monday.

Published: October 8, 2019, 11:57 am

    Budapest

    “Whenever someone questions us or the rule of law in Hungary, they’re stepping on our honour and I would advise them to think this over carefully,” Orban told a press conference held jointly with Antti Rinne, the serving Prime Minister of Finland.

    International relations do not mean that “one country can insult the other”, but is built rather on mutual respect, Orban added.

    “I don’t recommend getting to the point in Europe where a prime minister or one of their officials visits another country in the bloc to give them an earbashing on the issue of the rule of law, because that’ll lead to a lot of things, but not European unity,” the Hungarian leader said.

    Rinne told the press conference that he had discussed the tasks of Finland’s European Union presidency, including EU enlargement, Brexit and the budget.”Building a better Europe is a common task,” Rinne stressed.

    The Finn said measures against climate change and observing the principles of constitutionality must be preconditions for getting access to European Union funding.

    But the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office told a conference in Munich organised by Bavaria’s Christian Social Union’s (CSU) parliamentary group on Friday that there was a need for a conservative turnaround in the European People’s Party (EPP) as its further shift towards the Left would cost much in a European parliamentary election.

    The issue of a conservative turnaround is also a matter of important debates within the German union parties, namely the CSU and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Gergely Gulyas told MTI in a telephone interview.

    “We would like to see the CSU return to a stance that represents a strongly conservative policy within the union parties,” he said.

    Hungarian ruling party Fidesz has maintained relations with the CSU, Gulyas said but there have been statements over the past six months by the Bavarian party that “did not point in the direction of deepening relations”. He said however the Bavarian partners “want to close that period, put their grievances aside and look to the future”.

    Gulyas is attending a conference of European centrist parties at the invitation of CSU parliamentary group leader Alexander Dobrindt. Prior to the conference, Gulyas held talks with Hans Reichhart, Bavaria’s transport and construction affairs minister, and Markus Blum, CSU’s secretary-general.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    World Population Foundation: Africa needs more contraceptives

    NairobiThe managing director of the German Foundation for World Population (DSW), Renate Bähr, has called for stronger measures to limit population growth in Africa on the occasion of the World Population Conference in Kenya.

    US threatens Serbia with sanctions over S-400 purchase

    BelgradeWashington is threatening Serbia with sanctions to stop the country from buying Russia's advanced S-400 air defense missile systems.

    Leftwing Italian daily inflates number of anti-Semitic attacks

    RomeA report on the issue is clear: The data used by a newspaper on the hot topic refer to 2018, not to 2019 and 197 anti-Semitism episodes per year, not 200 per day.

    Chisinau Forum: Arnaud Develay on the Rule of Law in the age of Imperial Collapse

    ChisinauThe Chisinau Forum aims to bring together those who feel compelled to preserve the flickering light of sovereignty and national independence in their respective countries, says Arnaud Develay, an international lawyer at the Washington and Paris bar.

    Le Pen denounces march against Islamophobia ‘with Islamists’

    ParisAccording to the president of the National Rally, the personalities who associated with the march against Islamophobia, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon, carry "a very heavy responsibility" and will have to "respond to it when the election comes".

    French Senator warns of globalist-engineered ‘Great Replacement’

    ParisAs a result of a mass migration agenda engineered by anti-Western elites, the French people are being replaced, warned Senator Stéphane Ravier.

    Migrants in Bosnian town ‘are everywhere’

    In the Bosnian border town of Bihać, the situation has become dramatic. Bihać is a transit station for migrants on their way to Central Europe, mostly to Germany.

    Italian Interior Minister reveals Libyan stranglehold on illegal immigration

    RomeThe Italian government's memorandum with Libya has shaken up the political debate, mainly because it has revealed the extent of Libyan leverage on Italy.

    Chanteloup-Les-Vignes: scenes of urban violence directed at France

    YvelinesAn immigrant justified the urban violence in Chanteloup-Les-Vignes, saying it was the right way to attack French authority.

    German migration researcher expects immigrant share of 40 percent

    According to the Berlin migration researcher Herbert Brücker, the proportion of citizens with foreign roots in Germany will rise to over 40 by the year 2040.

    Go to archive