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Immigration main divider among EU countries, Orbán tells German daily

Immigration main divider among EU countries, Orbán tells German daily

The old differences among European Union member states have become irrelevant; the main source of division now is whether member states wish to be “immigrant countries” or “non-immigrant countries”, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview published in Germany’s Passauer Neue Presse on Thursday.

“Some countries have decided that they want to have a mixed population while others want to stay as they are now,” Orbán said. “For us, this is also a domestic security issue and no one can force their will onto someone else. The key question in Europe is: How are we going to live together like this in the future?”

Orbán said this question — at this point — was more about emotions than rationality.

The discussion centres mostly on the differences among member states rather than how the issue can be resolved, he said. “But the future of Europe depends on how we answer this question.”


Orbán said he plans on staying in the political arena and wants his ruling Fidesz party to remain “a strong and solid pillar within the alliance of non-immigrant countries”.

Orbán addressed this same issue during a podium speech as well, digressing on the good relations between Germany and Hungary

On the topic of the European Court of Justice’s decision to dismiss Hungary and Slovakia’s legal challenge against the EU’s migrant resettlement scheme, Orbán said the ruling had said nothing about whether the European Commission even had a right to resettle anyone in Hungary against the will of the Hungarian government. Yet this is the key question, he said.

“We believe that a country’s territory and population are a part of its constitutional identity and that no European body can declare an obligation on the part of the country in question in connection with this,” the prime minister said.

Orbán said that with the exception of one country, no EU member state had implemented the EU’s decision on the redistribution of migrants. In light of this, it would be unfair to single out Hungary for criticism, he said.

On the subject of last week’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic, Orbán said he would continue to pursue strategic cooperation with that country in the future, too. “I know the winner of the elections there. He is easy to cooperate with,” Orbán said of billionaire businessman Andrej Babis.

Asked about the key to Hungary’s economic success, Orbán said that his government had created a labour-based society after 2010. The government has targeted full employment and it is “just an arm’s reach away”, he insisted. The other “secret” to Hungary’s success is that “we want to stand on our own two feet”, he said.

“We don’t intend to fix the Hungarian economy using German money

and we have fully paid back the IMF-EU loan we had taken up to manage the [economic] crisis,” Orbán added.

The prime minister was also asked if he felt that Germany was dominating its relations with Hungary. “Germany is bigger, wealthier and stronger than Hungary. But even if we are smaller, Germany must respect Hungary,” Orbán said. “And since this is usually the case, we have no reason to complain,” he added.

Asked about German domestic politics and the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party which came third in the country’s federal election last month, Orbán said Fidesz’s sister parties there were the CDU and the CSU. “We by nature are loyal and will remain so; we will not look for new allies,” he said.

featured image: MTI – Máthé Zoltán

Source: MTI

1 Comment

  1. Sander Driessen

    Refugees, migrants, foreigners. Different names for groups of people whose origin is not European. The fact that we have agreed that, from an act of compassion, we welcome people in Europe who are persecuted in their own country or where war rages is extraordinary. Extraordinary because we are following a difficult-to-live or learning way of living in Western Europe. Ways of life that arise from hundreds of years of culture-religious and educational intercourse with each other and through which a delicate web of behaviors, movements and etiquette dictates our lives.
    An elephant in the room.
    The introduction of this way of life to someone from a random country, e.g. The Middle East or Africa to Europe has a huge impact. Also, the distance between our cultures can never be bridged in general. There are a number of issues that appear to be untrustworthy to date and experience. Now I break a lance to make the elephant in the room visible and to talk about equal treatment that generates elasticity throughout Europe and the whole of the world.
    Not every culture is equal.
    You just have to take a walk by making my beloved district Schilderswijk in The Hague you think that you are in another country. A neighborhood where people not only look different but where the cultures are especially different. And I do not regret the residents of the Schilderswijk that they behave as they do. In order to live from another country or with such a funda-current other cultural religious background in Europe can be enormous welding. The ease with which we accept that they maintain their way of life and are thus subsidized is not tolerant but increases that distance between our cycles.
    Globalists and followers of a utopian ‘new world order’.
    I do not write anything new here. There are countless studies devoted to investigating migrant trauma, the difficulty of integrating and everyone knows that 3 generations of non-Western immigrants still feel more connected with the home country of their grandparents than in Europe. Can we blame them or should we look at the people who ignore all the facts, attach an ideology of a globalized ‘new world order’ and make policies that pursue this utopia?
    Equal treatment in an uneven world.
    We see that the EU-government is increasingly trying to see itself as a service provider who wants to adapt to the individual, but at the same time, we see that the same government is holding on to the fight against unequal treatment. This is not only naive but can also be particularly dangerous. I have already written about corruption, which was updated last week when it appeared that a police officer in Germany was just calling for an attack. Our government, with all this overwhelming evidence, continues to choose to treat people with fundamentally and culturally religious fundamentally different backgrounds, Western Europe will do more than it already does, and despite the wishes of ‘political-correct’ politicians can not be solved with lucid words and subscriptions.

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