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Jun 13, 2017

PM Orbán tells Parliament that Hungary has never been anti-European

PM Orbán criticized the Socialist opposition party for wanting to dismantle the fence on Hungary’s southern border, adding that they would likely never have built it in the first place

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that Hungary has never been anti-European and the government represents a true European position.

The prime minister addressed Parliament on Monday and added that the Hungarian people expect more seriousness, more respect and more responsibility from the opposition parties, and they have the right to do so.

PM Orbán criticized the Socialist opposition party for wanting to dismantle the fence on Hungary’s southern border, adding that they would never have built it in the first place.

The prime minister also noted that a member of the former MSZP government is defending “Ahmed H.”, who has been convicted of an act of terrorism. He added that the MSZP accept the mandatory resettlement quotas, and are also prepared to support resettlement policies with no upper limit on numbers.

PM Orbán asserted that as long as there is a migrant threat, the fence must remain in place, pointing out that not even the Czech Socialists want to have anything to do with the quotas.

“At times like this, it is hard to resist the wish that we, too, had such Socialists," he said. The PM added that the government will not support any “political population replacement.”

The prime minister also commented on the MSZP position on the national consultation. He said they were in power for eight years, during which time they had not once launched a national consultation. “It’s a bit rich” he said, to give advice on what a consultation should have been about after the event. He added that more people took part in the survey than had voted for the MSZP in the last election.