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Hungary to host conference for European and US conservatives

Hungary to host conference for European and US conservatives


Hungary to host conference for European and US conservatives

BUDAPEST, Hungary — For the second year running, Hungary will host a conference in May of mainly U.S. and European conservatives as its pro-traditional values government seeks allies with like-minded movements further afield.

The American Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, will host its second event in Europe under the motto “Together we are strong,” according to a statement from the conference organizer released on Monday.

Organizers say they have invited Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to give the keynote speech at the conference in the capital, Budapest. This year's event, taking place May 4-5, will “focus on the liberals' nightmare: the international coalescence of national forces,” organizers wrote.

The two-day conference, much like its first iteration in May 2022, reflects a deepening of ties between  American conservatives and Orban's pro-family government.

Orban has garnered the admiration of conservatives on both continents for his tough stance on immigration and LGBTQ issues and his rejection of liberal pluralism. In an address opening the CPAC Hungary conference last year, Orban called Hungary “the bastion of conservative Christian values in Europe,” and urged U.S. conservatives to defeat “the dominance of progressive liberals in public life” as he said he had done in Hungary.

After being invited to speak at CPAC's main conference inDallas last August, Orban received a standing ovation, and told attendees that "we must take back the institutions in Washington and Brussels. We must find friends and allies in one another.”