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Sep 04, 2017

PM Orbán: Government's accomplishments at stake in 2018 general election

PM Orbán spoke about a changing world order at the 16th annual Civic Picnic in Kötcse, in southwestern Hungary

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that protecting the government’s accomplishments of the past seven years are at stake at next year’s general election.

The prime minister made the remark during the 16th annual Civic Picnic in Kötcse, in southwestern Hungary, on Saturday.

PM Orbán also spoke about a changing world order and French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe during the event.

According to MTI, the prime minister mentioned the protection of Hungary’s borders, the border fence, ensuring the security of families and jobs and public security as the government’s accomplishments that would be at stake in the election.

The prime minister also highlighted a recent NATO estimate according to which 60 million migrants could flee Africa between now and 2020, most of whom are expected to head towards Europe.

PM Orbán also made a comment about President Emmanuel Macron's vision for Europe. He said certain aspects of the French president’s view were in line with Hungary’s interests, but voiced disagreement on others.

The prime minister agreed with Macron’s views on the need for realism in foreign policy as well as what he had said about the crisis faced by the West and the view that Europe must respect its basic principles if it is to overcome the weaknesses that had led to the bloc’s problematic functioning.