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Brussels' Europe or People's Europe?
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The Foundation for a Civic Hungary has launched an event series on the subject Future of the EU / Future of Europe. We have named this series „Europe Uncensored”, because we believe right-wing, conservative, Christian democratic views on Europe and the EU are much sought after, even if mainstream media prefer to ignore or censor them. This time, three Members of the European Parliament, Nicolas Bay from France, Jorge Buxadé from Spain and Balázs Hidvéghi from Hungary will talk about Europe, moderated by the Director for Foreign Affairs and Head of Brussels Office, Daniel Landeck. The title of the event is "Brussels' Europe or People's Europe". The discussion will of course be UNCENSORED.
Event reportEurope Uncensored The Foundation for a Civic Hungary continued its series of events with the next Europe Uncensored, Brussels's Europe, or People's Europe. The speakers were Balázs Hidvéghi, Member of the European Parliament, representing the Hungarian view; Jorge Buxadé, Member of the European Parliament, from Spain and Nicolas Bay, also a member of the European Parliament, representing the French view. The moderation was made by Dániel Landeck, the Head of the PMA's Brussels Office. In the beginning, the participants expressed their opinions about the importance of national sovereignty and their disappointment towards the current EU system. Jorge Buxadé emphasized that Brussels needs to accept the legitimate decisions made by a democratically elected government, while Balázs Hidvéghi pointed out how a new Europe needs to be created based on mutual respect towards each other. According to Nicolas Bay, currently, Brussels cannot accept that it has no right to intervene, especially when Hungary is one of the two countries with a party governing with the most significant number of supporting votes. The Hungarian government leads the resistance in Europe and, at the same time, provides the chance for the opposition to express its criticism. In comparison, according to Bay, the French media is much less colorful regarding political opinions. He also emphasized that the most crucial aspect for conservative parties is to focus on long-term goals and ideas instead of short-term, popular decisions that could help them win elections. Balázs Hidvéghi added that most leftist politicians like to show themselves as progressive; however, they do not accept any different opinion, which might be different from theirs, which is dictatorial. The current Hungarian government is currently fighting for its right to protect its citizens so that they can keep their integrity. When the question emerged, what will happen if the two ideologies, the Hungarian wish for sovereignty and Brussels demand for unity, clash, Jorge Buxadé expressed his concerns since the European Union is betraying its core values more and more. If any country resists Brussels, it will face sanctions and censorship as an answer. If all politicians let that happen, everything good built by the people in the EU will soon be destroyed. Nicolas Bay agreed with Buxadé and added that this uniformity would make all differences vanish and try to build a new identity, the Brussels identity. This is especially dangerous since the main strength of Europe is its diversity. The example of Brexit was brought up by Balázs Hidvéghi, where a nation wanted to escape over-centralization, and the total exit was their only solution. According to Hidvéghi, national parliaments and governments need to be strengthened to gain control back over their own country. This led to the next question about the positive aspects of the European Union, how people could save it. All three participants agreed that the two most important steps to preserve the European Union are to strengthen the border control and win further elections, so the conservative values have a better chance to protect the citizens since the European people represent the real soul of the EU. Furthermore, Balázs Hidvéghi mentioned that all EU Institution’s primary responsibilities and tasks need to be defined so further overstepping can be avoided. When Balázs Hidvéghi was asked why Brussels is so focused on Hungary and why Brussels has become so illiberal, that it doesn’t accept the Hungarian way of life, he blamed the politicians there, who had already lost their connection with their nation and the people. Furthermore, these politicians are often pushed by the mainstream media to stand against conservative values. According to Hidvéghi, Hungary represents a threat to Brussels since its protest can set a precedent for other countries not to accept the dictatorship Brussels wishes. That is why the support of the Hungarian folk is what matters and helps the most during all conflicts. Buxadé and Bay were asked about the problems migration has caused in their countries, its effects, and why Brussels is not showing any signs of help. Buxadé expressed his concerns for the lack of help from the EU and mentioned that the only way for a change is to win further elections so that the parties can guarantee the protection of the citizens. Bay agreed warned that the situation in France could be called a national emergency, and Hungary could get into the same situation too if it did not watch out. He emphasized how vital the deportation of immigrants is since they are currently a destabilizing factor for the country. Furthermore, he questioned the purpose of the EU since there is no border control, and because of the Schengen agreement, the migrants can move freely around as soon as they enter the continent. As a finishing note, Dániel Landeck wished the participants the best of luck for building the new European Union, the People's Europe.
16:00 - 17:00
Number of participants 800
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