Orbán: Europe in difficulty – Hungary today
Europe “is in trouble” because it still has not succeeded in defining its new place in the world economy, Hungarian Prime Minister said on Monday at an international foreign policy forum in Bled, Slovenia.
Europe finds it hard to understand that unlike the United States and China, it is not able to “fundamentally change the rules of the game”, said Viktor OrbÃ¡n at the 15th Annual Bled Strategy Forum .
The Bled Forum in north-western Slovenia is a major foreign policy event bringing together heads of state and government and foreign ministers from several countries. The main topics on this year’s agenda are the challenges and opportunities facing Europe in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
One of the reasons for this is that Europe still does not have a common army backed by science and innovation hubs that could serve as “engines of technological progress”, he said.
“Our current situation and the consequences that flow from it must be clearly defined,” OrbÃ¡n said.
Solidarity leads to shared success, but European countries cannot succeed together if they do not succeed alone, said the Hungarian Prime Minister.
The economic and political success of individual European nations is not the antithesis of shared European success, but rather one of its preconditions and building blocks, added Viktor OrbÃ¡n.
OrbÃ¡n said the keys to the European Union’s future success were its capacity for a common army, Serbia’s membership in the bloc and the creation of a competitive economy led by central Europe.
OrbÃ¡n: the Hungarian political scene “battle for intellectual sovereignty”
Responding to a question, the prime minister said Hungary’s political scene was characterized by a “battle for intellectual sovereignty”, adding that his government was fighting to impose its Christian Democratic and conservative approach to democracy against liberal views.
“We are fighting so that European institutions and politics can be examined from more than one point of view and so that we can engage in debates on ideas like family, nation, cultural traditions, religion and migration “OrbÃ¡n said at the 15th annual conference. Bled Strategic Forum.
Hungarian democracy “is at least as good as German or Italian democracy” and it complies with European requirements, the prime minister said.
Morawiecki: “Rising” Central Europe “Under Attack”
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Central Europe was “under attack” because the region was growing and its competitiveness was sharpening. He said the region’s position, “so different” from the rest of Europe, did not mean that Central Europe would work against other members, but simply that they had their own challenges to focus on.
Janez Jansa, the head of the Slovenian government, and Alexandre vucic, the Serbian Prime Minister, criticized the EU for applying different standards to the West compared to the rest of the community.
Czech PM Andrej babis said the EU’s reactions to the challenges were too slow, as evidenced by the community’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Boyko borisovBulgarian Prime Minister said the world had “failed” to tackle the pandemic as countries lacked solidarity or preparedness, each trying to save itself.
Croatia Andrej plenkovic said it was crucial to strike the right balance between a national and European approach before a second wave of the pandemic arrived.
Giuseppe ContÃ©, the Italian Prime Minister, said he was convinced that the EU would move closer to its citizens in the future and start meeting their needs rather than “continuing to occupy an elitist utopia”.
Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva said 170 countries around the world would be worse off at the end of the year than at the start of 2020, but welcomed the joint efforts to free up liquidity. Otherwise, she said, a large number of countries could have gone bankrupt with soaring unemployment.
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