September 26, 2023

Viktor Orban criticizes EU at Transylvania festival for LGBT+ offensive

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has once again sparked controversy with his recent remarks criticizing the European Union (EU) for promoting what he termed as “population exchanges” through migration and neglecting Europe’s Christian heritage. Speaking at the Tusványos festival in Transylvania, Romania, Orban accused Brussels of leading an “LGBT+ offensive” against countries that prioritize traditional family values.

The Tusványos festival, a platform for Orban and his supporters, covers a wide range of topics, including climate change, NATO, pandemics, and the possibility of another Cold War. However, it was his comments on migration and European cultural identity that garnered significant attention.

Orban, a vocal opponent of European asylum reform, has been linked to the controversial conspiracy theory known as the “Great Replacement program,” which suggests a deliberate effort to replace European populations with migrants. This theory is popularized by the far-right and has garnered criticism from experts.

The Hungarian Prime Minister is no stranger to conflict with Brussels, frequently criticizing what he perceives as “federalist governance in Europe” and the EU’s apparent disconnect from Russia. His presence at the festival was met with protests from Romanian nationalists, who opposed his views and policies. Despite their efforts, they were unable to gain access to the event.

Moreover, Orban’s government has faced criticism for measures deemed homophobic by NGOs and the LGBTQ+ community. NGOs argue that these policies contribute to a hostile environment for LGBTQ+ individuals and restrict their rights and freedoms.

Orban’s critique of the EU and his emphasis on protecting traditional family values continue to widen the divide between Hungary and the bloc. As Hungary faces increasing scrutiny over its stance on migration, LGBTQ+ rights, and democratic values, the future of Hungary’s relationship with the EU remains uncertain.

This article was originally published on Shiv Telegram Media.