Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Viktor Orban is a man of the people. In an interview earlier this month, he said it is his duty to defend his country and its citizens:
“My duty is to execute their decision, to fight for them, to fight for the country and defend them.”
But Orban’s influence goes much further than his own country. By constructing a border fence, Orban closed an important migrant route into Europe and reduced illegal immigration in 2017 by 99.7 per cent. Orban and his government showed Europeans that borders work and illegal immigration can be stopped.
Like Japan, China and a lot of African countries, Orban wants to keep Hungary the way it is. He said about this at the start of this month:
“Hungary should learn from the errors of the West. Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but to a lower one.”
And in his Christmas message he spoke the words:
“Europe’s immune system is being deliberately weakened. They want us to stop being who we are. They want us to become those who we don’t want to be. They want us to mix with people from another world and to change in order to make it trouble-free. In the light of Christmas candles, we can clearly see the attacks against Christian culture, the attempts to dissolve Europe. They want to take away our own life and change it to something which is not our life.”
There’s a reason Viktor Orban’s popularity is on the rise in his country: He follows the will of the people and protects them. He showed a lot of Europeans it is rational to not accept migrants, because the most important thing for a country is the safety of its citizens and the future of its culture.
Female politician of the year:
Former Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło
It was probably the European quote of the year. After the Manchester terror attack, with several teen victims, the then Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło reacted with:
“Where are you headed, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day.”
It were words that reflected the thoughts of millions of Europeans: Where are we going when we can’t even protect our children anymore? What are we doing? We must wake up, rise from our knees or nothing will change and the horrors will repeat themselves.
Unfortunately Mrs Szydło was replaced as Prime Minister of Poland, but that doesn’t change what she meant for us Europeans. She kept her people safe and showed that you don’t have to bow to EU pressure. She said:
“We will never allow anyone to blackmail us. We will never give in to political correctness”
Beata Szydło will be remembered as the woman who gave Europeans hope, as someone who truly served the people and followed her principles. May she be an inspiration for a lot of Europeans and for the future generations of our continent.