Orbán: Family considered ‘taboo’ in Europe

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The subject of family is considered “taboo” in today’s Europe, despite the fact that the continent is growing older and “our civilization is at stake”, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today in Budapest at a demography forum, online daily index.hu reported.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivers his speech at the Budapest Demography Forum today. (Photo: MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák)

The prime minister said it is time for Europe to speak about the notion of family without it being a taboo subject, and about the “population problem in Europe”, bearing in mind that the “continent is growing old”, index.hu reported.

According to Orbán, people would rather speak about “things of lesser importance such as the marriage of homosexuals”, index.hu said. “The gender debate and the marriage of homosexuals are important issues, but they are not the key issues," the prime minister said, according to index.hu.

Orbán believes the “key question” is who will inhabit the Europe of the future, as the population is growing old, and available data suggests that the population will soon decline. In half the EU member states, deaths outnumber births, the prime minister said.

According to the prime minister, there are a number of solutions available. He mentioned cloning, for example, which he hopes “the Good Lord will save us from", index.hu reported. He also mentioned immigration as a possible solution, which is “dangerous”, because these populations that are from “a different culture, and have different ideas about family” tilt the balance, index.hu reported.

“We want a Europe built on families and not on immigrants,” Orbán said according to index.hu, adding that having children is not only “a blessing” for a family, but for the nation as well.

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