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Prime Minister Orbán is due to meet Austrian Freedom Party Chairman Heinz-Christian Strache this afternoon in Budapest. Prior to the meeting, the PM discussed Hungary-Austria relations, liberalism, European politics and migration in an exclusive interview with Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung. Here are some of the highlights:
The March 22nd cover of the Slovenian leftist weekly Mladina shows a caricature of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán raising a Nazi salute, surrounded by SDS leader Janez Janša and other figures associated with Slovenia’s conservative, right-wing party.
Have you noticed how the bureaucrats in Brussels talk about “border management” instead of saying “border protection” or “border defense”? It’s not a coincidence. It betrays a fundamental difference in how we approach migration. For those in the pro-migration lobby, immigration is a positive outcome and national borders are the obstacles.
In his regular Kossuth Rádió interview this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the European Parliamentary election campaign, the importance of informing Hungarians about Brussels’ plans and touched upon the early responses to the government’s latest pro-family package.
The prime minister said Hungary can be proud that it was the first country to prove that migration can be stopped on land, and for a long time not even countries with maritime borders attempted to achieve such a feat
The upcoming European Parliamentary elections will be decisive, said Prime Minister Orbán at the government’s first press conference of the year in an opening statement before an extended and free-wheeling Q&A session with domestic and international press. As Hungary remains the only EU state that has asked its citizens directly about migration, these EP elections present an opportunity for the people of Europe to decide about the continent’s future.
Zsolt Németh held talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Dzhema Marinova Grozdanova on Tuesday where it was determined that Bulgaria and Hungary share the same views on Europe, security policy, migration policy, European Union enlargement as well as a number of socio-political issues
The Hungarian government will be “happy to answer” the questions raised in the report to any EU institution. “But if the EU and the EP don’t wish to dismantle the institutionalized Europe, then these sort of reports should be rejected with large majorities,” the head of the prime minister’s office said
‘In today’s Europe, one needs Chancellor Kohl’s temper and bravery,’ said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a speech delivered on Saturday, the anniversary of the passing of the former chancellor and father of German reunification
During the general meeting of cities with county status in Veszprém on Thursday, the prime minister said the world cannot succeed without a flourishing Europe and cities also require successful villages and families to thrive
“Terrorism didn’t use to be part of everyday life in Europe, and Hungary rejects the fact that we should have to live with this, and that this is something natural," Hungary's foreign minister said. “We expect European institutions to finally take action with regard to this issue"
On Wednesday, the government published the national consultation on the Soros plan, one of a series of national consultations in which the government turns to the people in the form of public surveys to ask their opinion on subjects important to their daily lives. This seventh national consultation addresses the Soros Plan to resettle one million migrants in Europe per year. The following is an English-language translation of the questionnaire.
On Wednesday, the government published the national consultation on the Soros plan, one of a series of national consultations in which the government turns to the people in the form of public surveys to ask their opinion on subjects important to their daily lives. This seventh national consultation addresses the Soros Plan to resettle one million migrants in Europe per year. The consultation’s fundamental question is: should Hungary become an immigrant country or not?
PM Orbán insisted that “record high” participation in the government’s latest nationwide public survey means that “a whole nation is looking for ways to support its position of denying entry to people of a different culture or civilization”
The prime minister stated that in the process of migration two cultures are coming into contact with each other. He stressed that these two cultures will not mix, migrants will not integrate, and there is no chance of a new and better result
In the face of a political adversary that wants to transform Europe by allowing unbridled immigration, casting aside subsidiarity and encumbering the labor markets with bureaucratic rules, the center-right political forces of Europe must summon the confidence to “accept the intellectual and political fight with the Left,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, addressing the European People’s Party Congress in Malta today.
“Clearly, Mr. Orban is playing the European Union for a patsy,” the New York Times editors write in a piece published yesterday. “At what point will the union have the courage to take action against his policies?”
Hungary's government "cannot risk changing the fundamental ethnic character of the country," the prime minister said. He added that it would not enhance the value of the country but downgrade it instead, and turn it into chaos
The president met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove from Australia in Canberra on Thursday, where they discussed migration issues, climate change and a prospective global water crisis