Election 2018 – Orbán: Hungary needs united govt to face challenges

Hungary needs a united and competent government to halt immigration, which would irrevocably alter the country’s character, Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, said, adding that the only force able to form such a government after Sunday’s election would be the incumbent Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance.

In an interview published in business weekly Figyelő on Thursday, Orbán accused the global media, the European Union and “influential business interest groups” of attempting to help a weak coalition government come to power after the April 8 general election, one that Brussels can fully control.

In a case like that, US billionaire George “Soros’s people” would fill government posts as it happened in other countries, he said, referring to leaked recordings on Soros.

They would occupy Hungary’s energy sector and banking system, and Hungarians would pay the price, Orbán said. The prime minister added that “Soros’s candidates” could only be thwarted by the Fidesz-ChristDems candidates as “Soros’s calculations show that all the others are already in his pocket.”

Orbán pledged to launch an ambitious programme to boost Hungary’s competitiveness in January 2019.

“I am thinking in terms of a Hungarian model based on competitiveness, full employment, as well as sound demographic and identity policies,” he said. Orbán said his government would retain Hungary’s “well-functioning and proportionate tax system” that promotes performance and a fair sharing of burdens.

Concerning the opposition parties, Orbán said Jobbik was “obviously attempting to bypass Fidesz and manoeuvre itself into the left wing”. This effort, however, sometimes results in “ridiculous” situations that “discredit” Jobbik politicians. “Those who had set fire to EU flags a few years ago have by now become pro-Brussels politicians. It’s all about money and power for them,” he said.

Orbán said that if the left wing came to power in any form, public utility fees and taxes would go up, hurting particularly Hungarian businesses, and unemployment would increase again. He warned that the “seemingly stumbling” opposition parties should not be underestimated, arguing that “their strength lies in foreign infusion rather than their own performance.” “They are fighting as mercenaries of their foreign masters, which is a serious source of danger,” he said.

As regards the issue of migration, Orbán said Hungarians had understood where it would take the country if it “yielded to” a pro-migration policy.

“An anti-migrant majority has come to exist not only in Hungary but across Europe. The question now is how this massive majority will develop into a political majority,” Orbán said.

The prime minister called 2018 a crucial year in which it would turn out whether “global powers, assisted by bureaucrats sitting in Brussels, manage to force pro-immigrant governments onto countries that have so far rejected migration”.

Orbán said the European Council would be the scene of a “key battle” in June when Brussels will once again try to push through its automatic migrant resettlement scheme, under which Hungary would be obliged to accept in a first step 10,000 people by the end of this year.

If Hungary is not represented by an “anti-immigration prime minister” in that debate, it “will ultimately fall and be taken away from the Hungarian people”, he said.

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