Speech of President of the Republic János Áder at the reception hosted in honour of the Diplomatic Corps
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A cordial welcome to all of you on the occasion of our first meeting this year.
It has been only a few days that we bade farewell to the past year on a night that for some was about elation, for some about serenity and for some about quiet reckoning. What does the beginning of a new year, a fresh January date in the calendar offer? A philosopher of the last century Edith Pierce provided the following answer to this question: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
Here we are on the threshold of new opportunities: wisened by the experience, richer with the knowledge gathered during the past year and sobered by one year’s worth of realism compared to last year.
There is no denying that the year behind us was not a simple one.
Who would have thought this time last year that Europe would again echo with the sounds of weapons? Who would have thought that we would be mourning the innocent victims of a downed passenger airliner? Who would have thought that contemporary European speech would again use expressions like “aggression” and “annexation”?