Hungary ‘cannot be obliged’ to drop migration policy, says Orbán in radio interview
“Nobody can oblige Hungary” to give up its position on migration, the prime minister told public Kossuth Radio on Friday.
“Hungarians have made it clear that they don’t want to see illegal immigrants,” Viktor Orbán said in connection with the European Union’s recent infringement procedure against the country. He added that “you can corner a government or deliver a gut punch to it” but it cannot be done to a whole nation.
Orbán insisted that “record high” participation in the government’s latest nationwide public survey means that “a whole nation is looking for ways to support its position of denying entry to people of a different culture or civilisation”.
Concerning critical remarks from Germany, Orbán asked German politicians to “leave us alone and not involve us in their election campaign”. Hungary has always respected Germans and “we expect them to respect us, too,” he said.
“What we want is a Hungarian Hungary and a European Europe … we won’t participate in experiments aimed at changing Hungary or Europe, in which Europe’s cultural traditions would be swept aside to be replaced by a mixture of other cultures, religions and worldviews, allowing masses to enter without control”, Orbán said. Germany, France, or Italy cannot be denied the right of subjecting themselves to such experiments “but we are asking them not to make us follow suit”, he added.
Concerning US criticism of Hungary’s recent civil organisations law, the prime minister said that the United States’ taking up a position on the matter was an “interesting venture” in the light of that country’s “brutally stringent” rules on organisations receiving support from abroad. He insisted that the new Hungarian legislation was “polite and delicate” compared to US regulations. “It is inconceivable why one would be reluctant to declare a donation once they were not shy to accept it,” he added.
Referring to groups planning a boycott of the civil organisations law, Orbán said that the law applies to all civil groups. He added that Hungary’s laws do not allow for civil disobedience.
On the subject of next year’s budget, which parliament passed on Thursday, Orbán noted wage hikes planned for 2018, and said that it would create better conditions for all social groups. “We will be in a better position than we are in this year,” Orbán said, and pointed to rising employment and the increasing number of taxpayers, as well as measures to promote childbirth.