“We understood Merkel, she understood us”, but the era of ambiguity on

According to the Prime Minister, “the era of ambiguity, stealth politics and drift is over with Merkel”. In one of his so-called “Samizdat Letters” Viktor Orbán added: “We are now preparing for battle with our eyes wide open. “

In the letter posted on the Prime Minister’s website on Monday, Orbán noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would retire on December 8.

He wrote that Merkel “understood us” and that “we understood her”.

After a stint in the opposition, Merkel first became chancellor “then we came back to power five years later”.

“We managed the financial crisis in 2010, we were partners in the fight to keep the European Union united, and together we witnessed, helpless and helpless, the European tragedy of the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

“The loyal and disciplined Germans, the rebellious and reckless Hungarians, have united for a common goal: a Europe in which all nations can feel at home,” he wrote.

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Then in 2015 came “the migratory invasion” which he described as “rupture, fracture”.

The migration crisis has exposed “the profound philosophical, political and emotional differences” between Hungary and Germany regarding nation, freedom and Germany’s role, argued Orbán.

For Hungarians and other Central Europeans, he writes, this revealed that “the homeland is essential.”

As it turned out, the Germans “were on a different path” from “European civilization” and were heading towards “a kind of post-Christian, post-national status”.

The Hungarians, he said, understood that the Germans did not see this as a problem or “a disease of civilization which had to be remedied, but as a natural, even desirable, and even morally superior result.”

“The fabric of European unity was unraveling and nothing could stop it. Migration, gender, federated European Union, dehumanization of Europe. Restoring European cooperation will require superhuman efforts in the post-secular era, ”he wrote.

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Orbán asks in the letter: Did Merkel open the door to trouble or give in to pressure from the left?

“Today we do not yet know the answer to that question.”

Orbán referred to what he called the “pro-immigration, pro-gender and gender-pro federalist agenda” of the new left-wing German government aimed at a pro-German Europe.

Orbán lamented that Merkel’s 16-year mandate “has not given us an answer”.

“One thing is certain: the era of ambiguity, stealth politics and drift is over with Merkel. We are now preparing for combat with our eyes wide open ”, concludes his letter.

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Photo illustrated by Balázs Szecsődi / PM press office

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