Orbán Calls Hungary 'Lone Star State of Europe' at CPAC Texas

Int’l Relations

Photo by MTI/Vivien Cher Benko/Prime Minister's Press Office

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered one of the opening speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, according to state news wire MTI.

In his speech, Orbán called Hungary "the Lone Star State of Europe" and outlined measures his government has taken in the areas of migration, tax, and family policy.

"Hungary is an old, proud but David-sized nation standing alone against the 'Woke Globalist Goliath'," he said.

He argued that the U.S. midterm vote this November, and the U.S. presidential elections as well as the European Parliament elections in 2024, will “define the two fronts in the battle being fought for Western civilization.” 

“Today we hold neither of them, yet we need both,” he claimed.

“The globalists can all go to hell. I have come to Texas,” he quipped prompting cheers and applause from the audience.

He pointed to the success of efforts to crack down on illegal migration, including the construction of a fence along Hungary's southern border.

He said the number of marriages in Hungary had doubled in 10 years, while the number of abortions was halved, amid measures the government rolled out to support families.

Protection for children "from the gender ideology that targets them" is codified in Hungarian legislation, he added.

Orbán acknowledged disagreement with the current U.S. administration over tax policy, referring to Hungary's opposition to the introduction of the global minimum corporate tax rate, and noted that Hungary's corporate tax, at 9%, is the lowest in Europe.

The PM noted that Hungary is "in full solidarity" with its neighbor, Ukraine, adding that Hungary had received close to 1 million refugees from the war, so far.

He said that talks between the U.S. and Russia are the only way to achieve peace in Ukraine.

"Only strong leaders are able to make peace," he added. 

While the PM did not address his controversial mixed-race remarks directly in his speech, he told the audience not to worry, because "A Christian politician cannot be racist".

CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union (ACU), touts itself as the "largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world".

Orbán had delivered a speech at CPAC Hungary - the first CPAC held in Europe - in May.

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