‘We are on the same side of the barricade,’ Klaus tells Orbán

Former Czech President Václav Klaus and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest. (MTI/Zoltán Fischer)
By Dénes Albert
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with former Czech President Václav Klaus, who is in Budapest for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Orbán’s press secretary told national news agency MTI on Thursday.

Klaus, who recently called Orbán the only credible European politician, congratulated the Hungarian prime minister on his election victory and the formation of his fifth government.

The meeting focused on the challenges posed by the Russo-Ukrainian war and the serious, long-term consequences of the conflict.

Among the other topics the two discussed were the vital role of European nation-states, the importance of supporting families, stopping LGBTQ propaganda directed at children, and defending against federalist European aspirations.

“We are on the same side of the barricade with Viktor Orbán,” the former Czech head of state said.

In his speech at the CPAC conference, Klaus said Hungary’s example has proven that a victory for conservative politics is possible.

In his English-language speech, the former Czech president and prime minister said that conservative values were visibly declining today, a process that will be difficult to stop.

He said he believed that there was no need to reform those ideas, it was enough for them to return to the basics.

Klaus called it a problem that their values were not properly disseminated, and this was exacerbated by the passivity of conservative thinkers after the fall of communism.

He said he is seeing a loss of freedom, which progressive liberal democracies have replaced with “rights.”

The former Czech president and prime minister also said it was important to protect the “fragile West” from its internal intellectual enemies.

The conference in Hungary, which started on Thursday, was organized by CPAC Hungary, the Center for Fundamental Rights, and the American Conservative Union (ACU).

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