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Poland awards Hungary's Orban for role in Europe's policy

Associated Press Associated Press 7/09/2016

WARSAW, Poland — An economic symposium in Poland has awarded Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban its "Man of the Year" title for his role in shaping central European policy.

Orban is known for building fences to stop migrants and for saying he wants Hungary to be an "illiberal" state. Some of his views are shared by the head of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who won the title last year.

Orban received the award Tuesday night at the Economic Forum, an annual meeting of politicians and economists in Krynica Gorska, in southern Poland.

Receiving the award, Orban said Europe is going through a crucial transformation.

"Only those nations that have their historic, religious and national identity will survive and be strong," Orban said. "I represent and protect that."

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