Orbán: New EU Leadership Must Respect Nations and Christian Culture

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a joint press conference in the Carmelite monastery of the prime minister's office in Budapest on May 2, 2019. - Salvini is on a one-day official visit to Hungary. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has commented on the upcoming elections for the next European Union Commission, saying the new leaders must respect national sovereignty and Europe’s Christian culture.

The conservative Hungarian leader made his comments on broadcaster Kossuth Radio, saying his party Fidesz would be looking to support those who back the sovereignty of nations rather than bureaucrats in Brussels, according to a press release.

Prime Minister Orbán also said that halting migration would be an important issue when supporting potential candidates for the commission.

While he refused to name any specific candidates he and Fidesz would support, Orban added that he would support candidates who were either from the Central European Region or those who have not acted against countries in the region.

The Visegrád Group (V4), which consists of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, was also mentioned by Mr Orbán who highlighted the economic growth in the Central European region saying that the V4 would look to use their influence to advance their agenda with the new EU Commission.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart London in Budapest earlier this month, newly elected Fidesz MEP and former party communications director Balázs Hidvéghi said that the party would be looking to advance sovereigntist ideas in the European Parliament.

“We believe the idea of a Europe of nations should be strengthened,” he said and went on to add, “We believe in sovereign, independent free nations in Europe cooperating on their free will and making the European Union work like that.”

Mr Orban is also not the only member of his party to mention the current state of Europe’s Christian culture.

Earlier this year, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó told Breitbart News, “We are proud of having a very rich Christian heritage, and we want to preserve that.”

“Christianity is the most persecuted religion all over the world… look at [the] figures, it’s a fact.” he added.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or email at ctomlinson(at)breitbart.com

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