Hungary’s voters have two options, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview to local broadcaster Miskolc TV on Thursday. Either it can vote in a national government or Soros’s people will form one.
The recent elections in Europe and the upcoming Italian one revolves around a single issue, namely migration. This is also the case in Hungary, so this key issue “deserves thoughtful consideration”, he said.
He said migrants inevitably ended up in big cities like Miskolc and formed ghettos there, where no-go zones and parallel societies emerged with all the difficulties of coexistence that arise in such circumstances.
“You have to decide on something that is a one-way street; if you’re wrong, you can’t fix it…” he said
Referring to the recent by-election in the southern town of Hódmezővásárhely, where the combined opposition won in an upset for the ruling Fidesz party, the prime minister said there was no reason to be afraid but it was necessary to understand what the result signified. He said it was a “wake-up call”.
“For the sake of the future, we need to work together…” he said.
Political pacts had been concluded quietly in the background, he said. These would continue and the people party to them would promote Brussels’s policies based on the “Soros Plan”, he insisted.
“In the end, there are two options: a pro-immigration candidate or one opposed to it,” he added.
On the topic of the role of EU funds, Orbán said he always found it interesting “that when the country finally gets its act together, it turns out that it’s not thanks to the country’s efforts but down to EU funds.”
He said EU resources amounted 4 billion euros each year, while the country’s output was over 110 billion. The budget had been designed to take up EU funding and make the best use of it, the PM said.
Hungary’s progress “is due to the work of Hungarian people,” he said. “In the past 3.6 million had jobs and now 4.4 million work, and while there were 1.8 million taxpayers in the past now there are 4.4 million. This success belongs to us…” he said.
Orbán said the EU had no legal basis for linking funding to migrant quotas and the seven-year EU budget is adopted with a unanimous vote. He vowed to fight Brussels on this point.
The prime minister said he had visited the local football stadium, which he called the city’s heartland.
He noted the government’s Modern Cities investment scheme, saying this programme was the first he could recollect that focused on life in Hungary’s big rural cities. He added that in 2010 the city’s jobless rate had been stuck at 12 percent and now it was below 5 percent.