Budapest, May 8 (MTI) – Hungary’s government initiated a referendum on the European Union’s migrant quota scheme so that Hungarians can decide their own fate, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Sunday.

Szijjártó reacted to comments Luxembourg’s foreign minister made to German public broadcaster ARD over the weekend in which Jean Asselborn said the EU would “die” if its decisions were made through referendums. Asselborn predicted that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would “win this referendum” and added that other EU member states might follow Hungary’s example and hold their own referendums on EU matters.

Szijjártó said in a statement that Europe “would only die if its leaders fail to see the difference between genuine refugees and illegal economic migrants and if they fail to understand that their main concern should be ensuring the safety and well-being of the people who elected them.”


  1. Why would anyone, or for that matter, any country, listen to what Luxembourg says? John ASSelborn. The first three letters in his last name speaks volumes!

  2. Jean Asselborn just admitted that if referendums were held in European countries the result would be contrary to refugee-migrant relocation. If Luxembourg and other EU countries wanted to practice democracy, they would put the afore mentioned question to its population.

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