The Spirit, Tools, and Results of Hungary’s Family Policy

As political leaders, our actions and decisions must be based on the values and traditions generally considered as fundamental by the major­ity of our society. We need to make efforts to survey the way our citizens choose their values, and understand their needs and motivations and, thus, to have a realistic view of what motivates them. We also must know and respect our history, our Christian roots, the values and principles that our nation was built upon. This is the way to make good decisions in favor of our citizens. To better understand Hungary, the Hungarian government’s motiva­tions and goals, it is first necessary to survey our recent history. After 40 years of communist dictatorship, Hungary regained its independence and experienced a political transition in 1989-90. After 20 years of transi­tions in government, and without a real structural, political, ethical, or economic reconstruction, by 2010, our country and Hungarian people found themselves in a crisis. But then the current government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, gained a 2/3 majority at the general elec­tions of 2010. We decided to rebuild our country on strong foundations. We reject the concept of the neutrality of values, and, in terms of Hungary’s governance, we find such neutrality exceedingly harmful. We govern Hungary along clear values, in harmony with our own principles. This approach has proved to be a success: during the general elections of 2014, the Hungarian people for the third time gave their vote of con­fidence to a right-centre wing government, again by a vast majority. Hungarians believe in the ideal of a nation based on robust and unchal­lengeable values. What are the important Christian values that we respect? Hungary respects human life, freedom, human dignity and communities. These values are the basic building blocks of Hungary’s democratic form of state, which evolved 26 years ago and whose practical implementation is guaranteed by Hungary’s leg
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