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Sep 06, 2016

PM Orbán: Brussels doesn't reflect the wishes of the people

Orbán gave a stark warning to Brussels that he would fight the bloc if EU chiefs tried to prevent the country from defending its borders

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the actions of the higher echelons of the EU reflected neither the wishes of the people or of many member nation states.

The UK's Daily Express newspaper has described how PM Orbán vowed that Hungary will do whatever it can to protect its borders.

"I am not worried for the British people as we are talking about Europe's oldest democracy, a nuclear military power of inescapable importance, a member of the UN Security Council, and the world's fifth largest economy. They will find their new place in the world faster than we might think," PM Orbán said.

"Instead, we should worry about ourselves. The essence of Hungarian thinking is simple: the European Union is rich, but weak. This is the worst possible combination of qualities," he added.

He highlighted the agreement between the bloc and Turkey in a bid to stop an influx of people into Europe as symptomatic of the EU's "fragile" grip on pan-European politics.

Turkey is meant to take back Syrian refugees who have made the journey from Turkey to Greece and in return the country gets visa-free travel and financial support, but fights over its terror policy have caused the agreement to all but break down.

PM Orbán gave a stark warning to Brussels, according to the Daily Express, that he would battle against the bloc if EU chiefs tried to prevent the country from defending its borders as he said the flow of migrants into Europe via the Balkans could swell to levels seen last autumn.

The prime minister is keen to see greater European integration and expansion, supporting Serbia's bid to join.

However, the EU's inherent weakness could be its downfall, he said.

His most recent comments back up a headstrong resolve to be part of the EU but maintain control over his country - something which the majority of Britons decided was not possible when they voted to leave June 23.

Although not related to the country's EU membership, of which the governments is a strong advocate, Hungary will hold its own referendum October 2 to determine whether the country will accept the forced migration quotas that the EU is attempting to impose upon all member states.