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Aug 19, 2016

Brussels must listen or face losing member states

Europe’s future depends on how the EU responds to the member states and its people

Brussels must show interest in what the Hungarian people have to say, and it is important what their message will be at the October 2 referendum, according to Zoltán Kovács, government spokesperson.

Kovács said that if the people’s opinions, will and feelings regarding how things go in the European Union are disregarded, it may have consequences such as that a Member State decides to leave the EU, evident with Brexit.

The Hungarian people will have to decide on a specific question in the referendum, namely who should have the powers – which have never been removed from national competence – to decide who may live in the territory of a given country, Kovács said. 

He believes that Europe’s future depends on how the EU responds to the member states and its people, in order to determine how it should change the failed policy which it is pursuing regarding the issue of migration.

Kovács also said that economic and social conditions in Hungary have fundamentally changed since the financial crisis in 2008, and challenges have multiplied since the onset of the migration crisis.

He mentioned as an example that a number of issues will have to be reviewed in the context of the social care and the pension system.