Budapest, August 26 (MTI) – Whilst the Hungarian government deploys all its policy armoury to protect the European Union Schengen border, it is also defending the right to free move within the bloc, the head of a leading Hungarian think-tank told public radio on Wednesday.

Head of the Szazadveg Foundation Balazs Orban said that there are not only external problems at stake but internal ones posed by the migration crisis which hinge on the issue of trust between EU member states.

He said Schengen cooperation boiled down to whether or not one member state could safely hand over the task of protecting its border to another member state. If the western states give up cooperating and lose trust then this will affect the everyday lives of Hungarians since this would also call into question the principle of free movement across borders within the bloc, he added.

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