Budapest (MTI) – Fidelitas, the youth arm of the ruling Fidesz party, marked their twentieth anniversary, at an event in Budapest on Saturday evening.
Young people must be addressed with the right language so that they can be “lured out” from the “ivory tower of political apathy”, cabinet chief Antal Rogan said at the event. He told those in attendance that it would be their mission to get young people engaged in politics.
There are no “lost generations”, only “quieter and louder ones”, Rogán said, quoting Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
It is natural for a generation to “feel lost” as it seeks its way, but every generation has a mission, Rogán said. He said Hungary had to stay on the path on which it had set out in 2010.
He warned those in attendance not to “believe for a second” that Hungary could ever have a “good left-wing government”.
On the topic of Europe’s migrant crisis, the cabinet chief said it was merely a precursor to a much larger crisis.
Zoltán Balog, the human resources minister, called the members of Fidelitas “interpreters” who act as intermediaries between the government and young people.
Addressing the event in a brief video message, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó recounted pleasant experiences from his time in Fidelitas, among them summer camps.
In a letter addressed to the event, Farm Minister Sándor Fazekas expressed his wish that Fidelitas would continue to grow and remain an organisation in which the strength of the community is placed before individual success.
Gergely Gulyás, the deputy leader of Fidesz, expressed hope that the “era of political correctness” would soon be at an end. Gulyás, too, underlined the need to get young people more involved in a civic political culture.
Several foreign politicians also addressed the event, among them Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, in a video message.