Hungary is unable and unwilling to take back any migrants, but is ready to help with moving illegal migrants back to Greece, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at his talks with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union, in Berlin, Orbán’s press chief said on Wednesday.
Orbán and Seehofer were in agreement that Hungarian-Bavarian relations were at an all-time high,
Bertalan Havasi told MTI. The broad economic cooperation between Hungary and Bavaria has been expanded to cover the defence industry as well, he added.
The two officials concluded that there was a “huge opportunity” before Christian democracy, because “it is becoming increasingly clear to Europeans that only Christian Democrats are capable of protecting jobs, borders and Europe’s cultural identity,” Havasi said.
On the topic of migration, Orbán emphasised that Hungary’s position had been “straightforward and honest” from the onset of the migration crisis, “even if it may be uncomfortable”.
“We’ve had the same position since 2015: given that the Balkan route goes through Greece, there hasn’t been a single migrant who first entered the EU through Hungary,” Orbán was quoted as saying.
“We don’t want to — nor can we — take anyone back, but we are ready to help with moving illegal migrants back to Greece,” the prime minister said.
As we wrote last week, Hungary’s prime minister has dismissed a report that Hungary was part of a group of 14 countries which were ready to sign a deal with Germany on speeding up the re-admittance process of asylum seekers deported from Germany, read more HERE.