By: Steve Dellar | 05-11-2018 | News
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Hungary - Orban Declares “Shipwrecked Liberal Democracy” In Europe Dead

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban officially started his fourth term as Prime Minister after winning a landslide election victory when his country wen to the ballot box in April.

His right-wing nationalist Fidesz party won some two-thirds of all parliamentary seats at the polls during an election on which he brought forward topics such as immigration and the role of Hungarian-American businessman George Soros as a leftwing influence in the country. He has also clashed repeatedly in the past with the EU for the compulsory quotas of asylum seekers they asked him to accept.

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Mr Orban, during his acceptance speech in parliament, stated: "We have replaced a shipwrecked liberal democracy with a 21st-century Christian democracy, which guarantees people's freedom, security."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Orban</a> took his oath of office: &quot;My actions will be dedicated to the service of our nation and country, the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hungarian</a> people, Hungarian interests and <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Christian</a> values. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hungary</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#migration</a><a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Hungary Journal (@hungary_journal) <a href="">May 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"It supports the traditional family model of one man and one woman, keeps anti-Semitism at bay, and gives a chance for growth."

Offering a temporary peace deal to EU politicians Mr Orban added that "we need the EU and the EU needs us," however he also warned the Brussels-based executive body that the EU Commission should give up "nightmares" of the United States of Europe.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hungary: Orbán sworn in as PM for third time, eyes 20 more years in power <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) <a href="">May 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Though Mr Orban has a clear two-thirds majority and could thus change the constitution if he wanted to, he vowed during his speech to "serve the three-thirds" of citizens.


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