One hundred years after the “death sentence” that was the WWI Trianon Peace Treaty, “we’re alive and Hungary is still here”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his traditional state-of-the-nation address on Sunday.
“Not only are we alive but we have also freed ourselves from the clutches of a hostile ring of countries,” the prime minister told a crowd at Budapest’s Várkert Bazár.
Orbán said Hungary was now finding common ground with neighbouring Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, and was in a position to engage in broad cooperation and form alliances with them.
“History has again given central European peoples a chance to build a new alliance based on their own national interests, allowing us to defend ourselves against threats from both the east and the west,” Orbán said.
He also said that the key to the nation’s prosperity is the restoration of its self-esteem.
The success story of every emerging nation begins with the reinforcement of their self-esteem, while the citizens of every troubled country can only regain their personal self-esteem with the return of their own nation’s self-esteem, Viktor Orbán said in his traditional state-of-the-nation address.
Orbán said that in 2010 the objective of his government taking office had been “to prove to ourselves and to the world that we are still somebody”.
“We figured that we would either find a path or create one for ourselves,” he said, adding that the only option left for his government had been the latter since “the path set by Brussels and Washington was unacceptable for us.”
Orbán said that looking back after ten years he could say “with due modesty” that “we figured out what to do and we did it”.
Orbán said his government had “sent the IMF home”, managed to pay back the loans early, created 850,000 jobs, put the country’s finances in order and launched schemes to help “a reunification of the nation”, and reconnected Hungarian communities beyond the borders with Hungary.
He said that in economic reports released in Brussels this week “the whole of Europe may read that in 2019 the Hungarian economy registered the highest growth rate on the whole continent”.