Budapest, June 3 (MTI) – Hungary is nearing the stage at which its political and social structure is fit for ensuring long-term growth, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview to Wednesday’s Napi Gazdasag daily. He said: “A civic set-up is on the way.”
On the topic of migration, the prime minister said that Hungary, in terms of its size and geographical situation, would be highly vulnerable were a mistake to be made in migration policy, and the consequences could be irreversible.
Speaking about multiculturalism, he said this is defined as the mixing of various civilizations and the co-existence of Islam, Asian religions and Christianity. “We’re going to do everything to make sure that Hungary escapes this,” he said, adding that Hungary is glad to receive investors, artists and scientists from non-Christian countries, “but we don’t want large masses of them to get mixed together.” “This co-existence in Europe doesn’t work,” Orban said.
Asked about whether he would appoint Antal Rogan, currently leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group, as his cabinet chief, the prime minister said he needs people who promote political work, and Rogan stands at the front of the queue among potential appointees.
Asked about the possible introduction of the euro, Orban said the euro zone had come off badly as a result of the 2008 economic crisis, and a similar financial crisis could emerge at any time. For this reason, Hungary, just like the rest of central Europe, will bide its time. With the right financial, monetary and economic policy, the forint can stay strong for decades, he added.
Speaking about the opposition, he said that today’s left wing is respectable but it had failed find a way to root its left-wing identity in the nation. He added that radical nationalist party Jobbik was “dangerous”, though it would be wrong to exaggerate this danger. “Whether it is the left wing or Jobbik, putting the country in the hands of either would be tempting God.”
The prime minister said that for Hungary to feel sovereign it must has a strong influence over the banking sector, “where we are doing well,” and the media, and a majority must not be in foreign hands in either area. “Here, we could be doing better,” he added.