Next year’s European Parliamentary elections should bring about a change in the community’s policy, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a radio interview on Friday, and warned that “the battle between pro-migration and anti-migration MEPs has not yet been decided”.
Speaking on public Kossuth Radio, Orbán said that “pro-migration forces now have a sweeping majority” both in the EP and the European Commission, and “pose a serious democracy issue as they represent something European people do not want.”
European voters want their leaders “to make a clear breast and declare if they consider migration right or wrong”, Orbán said.
He added his position that “migration is bad because it actually means replacing the population”.
“Fewer and fewer European are born and more and more foreigners are imported. This will change our culture and in a year or two we will not recognise our village, city or our own country or continent,”
Orbán insisted. He said that while the EU seeks to resolve demographic problems through “importing people from Africa or Asia”, Hungary “needs Hungarian people”. He insisted that “more babies require families and a family requires a mother and a father – possibly a woman and a man”.
Concerning remarks by European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos made at the United Nations General Assembly session in New York, Orbán said that
the commissioner is “our employee” and he is “supposed to represent us”.
He quoted the commissioner as saying that “migration is good and should be continued; a resettlement programme should be implemented”. Orbán insisted that the commissioner “should not make a position in the name of the EU unless he can represent each EU member”. A commissioner presenting a position which is in “sharp contrast” with that of some EU members “poses a democracy issue”. “No wonder there are many of us who cannot wait for the EP elections to at last give such officials the sack,” Orbán said. He also voiced hope that Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high commissioner for foreign and security policy, would “also leave” in May.
Orbán said the UN was not “good ground” for Hungary, because it reflects the “majority of countries issuing migrants” and “native Europeans are in a minority”. He said it was not easy to represent the Hungarian position with a “straight back” but praised Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto’s efforts.
Concerning US President Donald Trump’s address in the UN, Orbán said that Trump “represents the US position as an icon”.
He suggested that under the current administration the US dropped its earlier attitude of “forcing its world-improving efforts” on other countries, which “Americans felt was against their own national interests”.
The US should be seen in a different light, and “we no longer need to fence off illegitimate attempts at cultural influencing but build a partnership based on mutual benefits”, Orbán said.