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Nov 09, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

PM Orbán: It’s better to govern with the people than against the people

Having just returned from the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Orbán sat for his regular radio interview this morning to talk about the upcoming EP elections, the UN migration pact, the ongoing national consultation and the liberal hysteria around the “Soros university”.

Speaking on Kossuth Rádió’s program Good Morning Hungary earlier today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that, regarding the EPP congress and the upcoming EP elections, Manfred Weber was clearly the preferred choice for Spitzenkandidat because “he has helped us when we were in need, so the right thing to do was to help him out at this time.”

“The European left is amid a political low tide, a breakdown,” PM Orbán said, adding that as a result, the EPP has somewhat grown accustomed to winning elections and “this made us far too comfortable.” The EPP is not ready yet for next May’s EP elections, according to the prime minister, but the congress served as a good starting point.

Recently, he continued, we have failed on two fronts: we didn’t manage to keep the Brits in the EU, and the migrants outside our borders. “In many countries, governments didn’t ask the people about the question of migration,” PM Orbán said, but Hungary is “not such a place.”

“It’s better to govern with the people than without the people or – god forbid – against the people,” the prime minister said.

On the UN migration pact, he said that it’s a “bad draft, it’s bad for the people,” and we must take the people’s side on this. We must protect them from illegal migration, terrorism and economic hardship.

Speaking about the national consultation on family policy that just got underway, PM Orbán cited Hungarian poet János Arany saying, “God will not have any more Hungarians,” and added that it is no longer an absurd thought, but possibly our future. “The easier solution is to take in as many migrants as we need,” he added, but “we Hungarians don’t simply want to have the numbers. We want Hungarian children.”

“Central Europe is increasingly appreciated,” the prime minister said summarizing his trip to China, adding that “political stability is a huge asset” because our partners can plan with us and count on us in a world where “stable governments are scarce.”

Concerning the liberal hysteria around CEU, PM Orbán reiterated his position: the announcement that the “Soros university” would move to Vienna is a political bluff and all institutions should abide by the law. “The law is clear talk,” he said in conclusion.