Prime Minister, Victor Orban Hungary, Hungary discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
June in weekly to the bulletin with U._B._S. for all the latest insights and opinions from U._B._S. and experts that's from around the world summer is festival time in Europe and many people like to congregate in beauty spots to engage in cultural debate and listen to Music Isaac. It seems Victor Orban Hungary's prime minister is no different as he made a return visit to a festival in Transylvania this weekend in a previous visit in two thousand fourteen. He attracted much attention by detailing his efforts to build an illiberal state. It was a subject he returned to again as well as talking. The European Union which he says is my grave mistakes of immigration and the economy will join me on the line is Valerie Hopkins Southeast Europe correspondent for the F. T. Valerie thanks for for coming onto monocle twenty four this morning. Can you give us some context why was done in Romania or the prime minister. Every year for the last thirty years has traveled to Tucson Yo ships known in Hungarian or by Latouche not in Romanian and for <hes> a festival that is supposed to be a like a week long <hes> music festival but also political debates discussions and and a meeting place for kind of intellectual elites and supporters of the Party <hes> and their local counterparts in Romania and <hes> this was the thirtieth anniversary of his speech and it comes at a time when Hungary like much of Europe is marking the thirty years since nineteen ninety collapse of the Berlin Wall <hes> and so he goes every year and this is normally where he lays out his agenda for the coming years and and even the coming <hes> decades he he mentioned <hes> the next era of fifteen years <hes> which he said in his speech would be the prime time of his life comparing kind of the transition <hes> of Hungary to a democracy now to a national transition which he referred to as beginning in two thousand ten when he came back <hes> <hes> to become the prime minister for the second time <hes> and has now been prime minister of Hungary <hes> he's now in his third consecutive term and so she laid out he kind of built in his speech he was expanding on his twenty fourteenth beach about liberalism here he really defined it and he tried to shape it and describe it now more I think he's trying to rebrand it as Christian liberty and he really <hes> in his speech kind of tried to pit his vision of of Liberalism of Christian liberty against a so called global internationalist <hes> order which he said you know was trying to diminish personal ties to the state with too focused on individual freedoms and liberties and and <hes> you know that that they were that that these global internationalists are attacking a Hungary and and the things that the prime minister stands for <hes> because he was saying that that incompatible with their idea of of liberalism so he really <hes> was was pushing for his vision and he spent a lot of times speaking about the importance of collective identity collective achievements that <hes> he said individual freedoms can never encroach on the interests of the community <hes> and that that the majority needs need to be respected and he said that that constitutes the foundation of democracy and he had a bit of a dig at the E. U.. Two didn't he he did well. He actually made a very pointed dig <hes> a much stronger more point to dig at Finland which is now holding the E._U.. Presidency and this has been going on now for about ten days ever since Finland indicated that one of the priorities the EU presidency over the next month is to <hes> find a mechanism to tie E._U.. Funding <hes> to rule of law benchmarks you know and Hungary is is a pretty big recipient of EU funds. I think about three percent of its G._D._p.. <hes> <hes> is <hes>. The equivalent has been given to Hungary every year by the E._U.. <hes> about twenty five billion over over a five year period and it is a really important part of the economy so are the one who's that but he certainly certainly <hes> does not want to <hes> be tied to any any rule of law benchmarks you know and <hes> he and his supporters are are very adamant that <hes> the sovereignty that that would be an infringement uh-huh sovereignty so his point attack on Finland he went and looked you know complained..