Nicholas T. Parsons

Douglas Murray on The Strange Death of Europe

"Not long before the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris I happened to read a column in the now woefully sanctimonious Financial Times in which the writer went out of her way to sneer at the know-nothing bigots who would soon be claiming that huge immigrant flows into Europe gave cover for the movement of terrorists. As it turned out, several of the perpetrators of the Paris outrage had indeed slipped in and out of Europe posing as migrants, and more were to follow."


Nicholas T. Parsons

The Reformation in Hungary

"The Protestants of Hungary endured years of “Babylonian captivity” when the peasants were obliged to conform outwardly to Catholicism while privately adhering to their Calvinist or Lutheran beliefs (hence the name “secret Protestants”). Catholic zealots pressed the theory that Hungary was the regnum Marianum, which referenced the tradition that King Saint Stephen had placed the country under the protection of the Virgin Mary. Nevertheless Lutherans and Calvinists survived until Joseph’s Edict laid the foundation for the more pluralistic approach to religious conviction of the Enlightenment."


George K. Radda

Biomedical Knowledge in the Service of Man: The Social Responsibility of the Scientist

"Science is global and the movement of scientists between countries and working across countries (e.g. the EU) is an essential part of modern scientific development. But increasingly the wealth of a country will depend on the knowledge it accrues and how it applies it, even when valuable resources are available to it. It is a fallacy to believe that such knowledge can be exploited without home-grown capacity for scientific research and technological know-how."


Reinhard Olt

Magyars and Tyroleans – The Autonomy of the Province of Bolzano as a Role Model for Hungarian Minorities

"The example of South Tyrol proves that on a national (cultural) level togetherness and unity as well as cross-border cooperation is possible, and can bring beneficial economic results without shifting borders of nation states. EU-membership and the development of regionalism have enabled the borders set up between Austria and Italy in 1918–19 upon the division of Tyrol to become permeable, although de facto and in terms of administration, those borders still exist."


Géza Jeszenszky

Ukraine’s Blunder – A Nationalist Education Law Leads to International Uproar

"[…] if the Hungarians in Subcarpathia can grow up in their own culture, enjoy equal rights, do not face hostile propaganda and provocations (as they often do today), they will feel themselves more at home in their ancestral land. If they are treated as dangerous enemies (as recent demonstrations suggested) they will certainly not love Ukraine and its language, and may even feel forced to emigrate to Hungary. Is that the aim?"


Ignatius Aphrem II

The Unspoken Religious Persecution

"Christianity has always been there in the Middle East. Many of us consider it as its homeland, whose benefits we have enjoyed for two thousand years. It is the “cradle of Christianity”. Yet, the risk is there that all this might disappear from the region. We have to face the real danger of representing values of out-dated times. I am afraid the day will come when our visitors come to see us as dummies in a museum, placed in old churches or monasteries."


Bashar Matti Warda

Four Forms of Assistance to the Christians of the Middle East

"How could we help? How could we make the tragedy end? The Christians in Iraq require well-defined special assistance in order to be able to return to their homeland and their work. The international community can no longer keep its eyes closed. It has to find efficient solutions with which it can provide immediate assistance. In addition, community members have to ask themselves the question sincerely: what else can they do for this cause?"


Zoltán Balog

In Pursuit of Answers to a Long Hidden Crisis

"We, Hungarians are well-known for our hospitality. May I here ponder on a sentence from yesterday’s dinner speech. Not even the 40 years of Communism had the chance of getting rid of the greeting 'Welcome'. It could not expel this expression from the Hungarian language, the literal translation of which is 'God has brought you here'. This is a saying with some very strong and deep meaning. Whenever a guest arrives, or whenever we meet somebody, we believe that this is not mere coincidence, but there must be some providence in the background."


Donald Tusk

Europe: A Common Responsibility and a Common Good – The Pécs Inaugural Address

"Europe also is, the way I would like to see it, a community of political values, among which I will always put freedom first. Not everybody accepts this hierarchy as correct. I am well aware of how alive and sometimes brutal today’s political debate can be, also here in Hungary and in my country, about the catalogue of political values. In this respect, I intend to be very stubborn indeed, some may even say anachronistic. But I cannot help the fact that for me, the most crucial European values continue to be human and civil rights, freedom of speech and conscience, the rule of law, and respect for minorities’ rights."


John O’Sullivan

Culture and Its Uses

"When liberation came, however, in 1989 and later, the West was a great disappointment to its admirers in Central and Eastern Europe. It could not be otherwise. Hopes had been invested in a Western way of life that from afar seemed almost magically satisfying. When outsiders went there, they discovered alongside the prosperity a cultural life that was spiritually barren, anomic, and lacking in any sort of élan. It was almost as if whole nations, certainly whole governments and whole political parties, had ceased to believe in themselves."


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