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Europe – Union or Opression
Over the last 10 years Hungary has been accused of all sorts of negative political stereotypes from mainstream European press, EP, Commission and other institutions Brussels and European capitals. The participants were keen the hear what is really behind all this noise and to hear authentic information on Hungary’s positions on EU affairs, notably on the future of the EU as well as the status of Hungarian domestic politics.
1027 Budapest, Bem rakpart 47.
Event reportThe event was organised by Senado, an informal group of young Portuguese citizens and intellectuals who are interested in political questions of our day and strive to achieve higher level in depth knowledge of political and civic affairs. They have invited Dr. Miklós Tamás Halmai, ambassador of Hungary to Portugal to discuss matters regarding the Future of Europe. Over the last 10 years Hungary has been accused of all sorts of negative political stereotypes from mainstream European press, EP, Commission and other institutions Brussels and European capitals. The participants were keen the hear what is really behind all this noise and to hear authentic information on Hungary’s positions on EU affairs, notably on the future of the EU as well as the status of Hungarian domestic politics. The event was to be about the true nature of the European Union, how far the EU institutions, member states and the mainstream media would tolerate non-conformist stances which are not aligned with the generally dominating policies and standards of today’s EU. The discussion was titled “Europe – Union or Oppression”. Accordingly, the keynote of the ambassador was centered around the issue of national sovereignty in the European Union today and the Hungarian government’s ideas on reforming the Union. The 7 points of PM Viktor Orbán has been published in Portuguese press early July as well, and a handout of the original paper was circulated among the audience in order to orientate them about the general direction of the Hungarian proposals. The ambassador touched upon the majority of these points, including the limits of power vested upon the EU institutions by the member states especially with a view on the EP’s aggressive grasp for power, or the “NGO-s” role in the functioning of Brussels institutions. Furthermore a number of more basic issues were also introduced, namely how the EU is losing its interest in the needs and values of European people when trying to eradicate the references on Christmas or Christianity in Commission communication. Moreover questions on Migration issues, Hungary’s role in 2015 were also discussed. The audience inquired about the domestic political situation, conservative ideas within the population and the government, family policies and the controversial act on child protection. On foreign policy issues Central-European regional cooperation, more precisely the role of the Visegrad Group was introduced to the audience as well. Important questions like the role of Russia and China, and Hungary’s relations to them was also discussed and compared to the positions of Portugal. The reactions to the presentation of the ambassador and the following discussion revealed that there is a genuine and evident need for the more conservative approach within the EU. Young people, who are the future of Europe are not necessarily all progressive. Keeping Europe “normal” in a social way and keeping the concept of the “Europe of the Nations” are valid and relevant positions among young people. The supranational or federalist concept for the EU are not universally accepted or favored, significant proportions of Europeans would be happy to see the national capitals reeling in the European institutions which are in danger of getting totally out of control.
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