Viktor Orbán (1963, Alcsút-doboz), Prime Minister of Hungary in 1998–2002 and since May 2010, graduated in Law at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 1987. In 1983 as a student he was a founding member of Bibó College, a circle for the study of democratic politics. A year later, with his fellow students, he created Századvég, a journal of social sciences, and became one of its editors. In 1989–1990, he studied the history of British liberal political philosophy in Pembroke College, Oxford. In 1988 he was one of the founders of the Fidesz (Alliance of Young Democrats), one of the decisive parties of the Democratic opposition to the Communist system and one of the engines of the peaceful revolution of 1988–90. In summer 1989 he had a major role at the national Round Table Talks on Hungary’s peaceful transition to democracy, and he gave a famous speech at the reburial of the martyrs of 1956 on heroes Square in Budapest, on June 16, 1989. In the mid-nineties several liberal figureheads left Fidesz as the party became a national centre right force with Orbán at the helm, and has remained so to this day. Orbán, a committed democrat, is a charismatic orator and a powerful political strategist.
"Judging from population, natural resources, and human capital, the European Union should be the leading power of the world. For the moment, however, its stagnation obstructs its potential leadership. What we call the European Project has been stopped in its tracks. All that is bad enough. Worse, however, the EU is faced with a series of unexpected crises of the Euro, illegal migration, and geo-politics that threaten it with disintegration."
"Our loss is immense and unfathomable indeed. But this is not the kind of loss that cries out to heaven or pounds at your chest causing excruciating anguish; it is a loss of the quiet, if profound, kind. This kind of loss will not swipe you off your feet, smite you down to the ground, or rattle you to the bone. It is the kind of loss that makes you realize you will not be able to get rid of this blunt pain over the absence of that man, that it will haunt you day by day, for a long time to come. I have always thought of him as the archetype of the citizen. If there has ever been a true incarnation of the human ideal as the writer Sándor Márai envisioned it, a lone survivor of this species, then it was certainly György Granasztói. He was also a model Hungarian citizen, who – while taking for granted the primacy of the spirit over matter, seeing man as more than a speaking animal after all – always avoided the pitfall of valuing intellect, erudition, and refined manners over upright character."
"We have cleared away the rubble and the obstacles left from the past and we have continued and completed the transition from Communism. Now we have got to the point at which we can realise our shared goal: civic consolidation.Thirty years ago we thought that it would be enough for the Soviet troops to leave. We could transform ourselves into a democratic multiparty system and market economy and there would be nothing more to do. Now we know that the task is far more complicated, and we also know that a civic governance is not just about ideals."