Every March 15, Hungary celebrates the anniversary of its 1848 Revolution, which was supported by thousands of Polish volunteers and which was defeated in 1849 by Austria with the support of Russia.
Hungary and Poland: two nations twinned throughout history
This celebration usually serves to revive one of the strongest international friendships in the world: the one that unites Hungarians and Poles from very remote times. In the fourteenth century they even had a common sovereign: Louis de Anjou, crowned King of Hungary in 1342 and King of Poland in 1370. Historically, Hungarians and Poles have fought together on numerous occasions, and during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries he has united often the cause of freedom. Today, both Hungary and Poland celebrate their friendship every March 23 with a common holiday.
Mateusz Morawiecki claims "the Europe of the Homelands"
This Friday, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, and the one of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, participated in a joint event in Budapest, as pointed out by Visegrád Post, who published the translation to the English of his complete speeches. "Like 171 years ago, we are once again on the side of the truth, solidarity, ordinary people and freedom," said Morawiecki in his speech, which ended by referring to the friendship between the two countries: "May this great bound uniting us strengthen up. All of us: Hungarians, Poles, Europeans. May it unite all of us that believe in the Europe of Homelands, in a better world for ordinary people instead of powerful ones of the Establishment. God bless Hungary, God bless Poland and Europe, may He give us a better future!"
Viktor Orbán: "Without Poles, Hungary would not be free today"
Orbán had very exciting words for the Poles in his speech: "Without Poles, Hungary would not be free today, and Europe could not have been reunified. The Polish people gave us Pope Saint John Paul II, and they also gave us the Solidarity movement. With this you changed the course of history, and we were able to regain our freedom and the independence of our nations. We Hungarians raise our hats in salute to the Polish people. Poland occupies a special place in the hearts of the Hungarians." The Hungarian Prime Minister also issued a warning to the elites of the European Union: "Poland is the largest and leading country in Central Europe. When Poland is attacked from Brussels, the attack is against the whole of Central Europe – and against us Hungarians. To empire-builders who seek to cast their shadow over Central Europe, we have this to say: they will always need to reckon with the strong bonds between Poland and Hungary."
"Without Christian culture there will be no free life in Europe," Orbán warns
Orbán also recalled another of the common aspects that Hungarians and Poles have: "Our freedom fights have repeatedly ended in occupation, but we have never been truly defeated. Here – in the shadow of empires and at the crossroads of civilisations – in the end we won all our wars for the survival of the homeland and the nation, and for Christian culture." Orbán emphasized the defense of Europe's cultural roots, which today many insist on denying for the sake of secularism and multiculturalism: "the notion of freedom is rooted in Christianity. In God’s eyes everyone is free and equal – whether rich or poor, and regardless of nation. Every nation is also equal, regardless of whether the fortunes of their history have been good or ill. This is why our Fundamental Law recognises the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood. Without Christian culture there is no Hungarian freedom – nor a free Hungary. This is true, regardless of one’s personal belief in God, or lack of belief. We want the scales to fall from the eyes of the peoples of Europe, and for them to realise and understand this: that without Christian culture there will be no free life in Europe; and that if we fail to defend our Christian culture we will lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to Europeans."
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