European democracy has floundered, “so we want to restore democracy in Europe”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.
Arriving at a summit of EU leaders, Orbán said the reason why European democracy was struggling was that European leaders were ignoring the will of the people.
“The people want two things,” Orbán said.
“One is that we don’t allow in any more migrants while ensuring very strong border protection. The other is that those who have already entered [Europe] are taken back [to their home countries].”
The prime minister said the restoration of European democracy would have to be addressed in the coming months and would be topped off by next year’s European parliamentary elections.
He said the question now was whether European leaders would move in this direction with proposals to enable refugee camps to be set up outside the EU. There is a chance that talks in Brussels will move towards rebuilding European democracy, he added.
“We belong to the camp of the democrats,” Orbán said.
“The European solution means addressing the problem on the basis of the most important European principle … the number one value being democracy.”
“In order to achieve a European solution, democracy must be rebuilt in the European Union, and Hungary is ready to take part,” the prime minister said.