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Oct 19, 2018

PM Orbán: Hungary’s right to border protection was “successfully defended” at EU summit

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz suggested that the EU should adopt the concept of “mandatory solidarity”, each Member State should contribute to the management of migration, but not necessarily by taking refugees in

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has revealed that Hungary’s right to border protection was “successfully defended” at the EU summit in Brussels.

The prime minister revealed that there are countries which still believe that immigration is a good thing, therefore a dispute remains.

In a video message posted on his Facebook page, the prime minister added that “we managed to fight off the pro-immigration proposals of Brussels bureaucrats” not on our own, but together with a few other countries.

PM Orbán believes that a migration dispute still remains because there are countries which share the view that immigration is a positive phenomenon, Europe needs it, and therefore they will support pro-migration proposals in future.

“And we are the other camp. We say that our borders must be protected, migration is a dangerous phenomenon, and each country should have the right to decide whether they wish to let anyone into their own territory,” he said, adding that the debate will continue in December.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz suggested that the European Union should adopt the concept of “mandatory solidarity”, each Member State should contribute to the management of migration, but not necessarily by taking refugees in as there is no consensus on this. Reports suggest that PM Orbán said it was “the best proposal”.

A source adds that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she does not wish to move “from mandatory responsibility to mandatory solidarity”, and several other EU leaders also voiced similar views.