Szijjártó rejects sharp criticism by EP president
Budapest, March 23 (MTI) – Hungary “has the right to voice its opinion”, the foreign minister said in reaction to sharp remarks by European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who criticised the Hungarian government’s plans to hold a referendum concerning migration quotas.
In an interview on Wednesday, Schulz said that the quota system was designed to equitably distribute the burden of immigration across the community, and regretted that some European leaders “failed to grasp” that. As long as “people like Viktor Orbán”, the Hungarian prime minister, say that the migration issue is just “a problem for Germany”, Europe will not be able to cope, Schulz insisted. He said that the Hungarian government’s plans to hold a referendum on “whether to accommodate 1,290 refugees” were “not only absurd but perfidious, too”.
In reaction, Szijjártó said that “Hungarians have the right to decide who they want to live together with”.
Szijjártó referred to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels as “reality kicking the door open” and suggested that Schulz should “wake up from his dreams” and seek “real solutions rather than make silly accusations”.