The Double Cross
28 September 2021
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán tends to present himself as a saviour of Central Europe’s Christian character, offering an alternative path for conservative thinkers against Western Europe. He claims that the West has given up on ‘a Christian Europe’ and has chosen instead to experiment with ‘a Godless cosmos, rainbow families, migration and open societies’.
Viktor Orbán’s vision was presented on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show, which aired in the first week of August. The question is whether value-based policymaking is taking place in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) especially in Hungary and Poland. Does the ‘Christian saviour’ character that the Hungarian PM puts on serve also wider foreign policy goals?
The New Christian Hub of Europe
In the first week of August, the US-based Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the capital Budapest where preparations are currently underway for the International Eucharistic Congress. Pope Francis is about to preside at the closing mass on 12 September, reported Vatican News adding that the head of Hungary`s Catholic Church Péter Erdő promoted the upcoming congress in Budapest attended by Pope Francis as ‘a symbol of life after the coronavirus pandemic.’