It’s official: the EP is in the hands of the pro-migration clique
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This morning, Prime Minister Orbán held a press conference with nearly 50 media outlets, domestic and international. After an opening statement, he took questions for almost two hours (!) in a lively free-wheeling exchange.
The upcoming European Parliamentary elections will be decisive, said Prime Minister Orbán at the government’s first press conference of the year in an opening statement before an extended and free-wheeling Q&A session with domestic and international press. As Hungary remains the only EU state that has asked its citizens directly about migration, these EP elections present an opportunity for the people of Europe to decide about the continent’s future.
Recently, Prime Minister Orbán sat for an exclusive interview that was published December 23rd in the Austrian paper Österreich and the online portal oe24.at. The interviewer, Dóra Varró, covered a range of topics from migration to the coming European Parliamentary elections. Here are some highlights.
“I listen to everyone – especially trade unions: I listen to their views, I respect freedom of opinion, and I always take into consideration the arguments which are expressed. In this case I think that the objections put forward carried far less weight than the legislative amendment itself. This is a good law, which will be good for workers,” the prime minister said
Regarding the so-called “migrant visas”, PM Orbán said that “it is rather funny” that a vote on an issue must repeated over and over again until the result seen by bureaucrats as the right one is finally achieved
“The Hungarian national economy has become a powerful and shock resistant economy, one that is able to provide jobs for the people,” Prime Minister Orbán said this morning, commenting on Q3 GDP growth topping 5 percent. In his regular radio interview, the PM talked about the reasons behind Hungary’s economic success, the ongoing national consultation and the affronts coming from Brussels.
Following his stop in Bratislava to attend the Friends of Cohesion summit, where he predicted “difficult negotiations concerning the next seven-year EU budget,” Prime Minister Orbán was in Prague to meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to talk economic cooperation, V4 and the upcoming EP elections.
A group of US congressmen have expressed their “strong support” to Prime Minister Orbán and his democratically elected government following the “decision by the European Parliament to punish Hungary for exercising its rights to sovereignty and the promotion of its national identity.”
“The issue of the migrant debit cards came as a surprise even for weather-beaten veterans like me,” Prime Minister Orbán said this morning, adding that handing out anonymous debit cards to “people we don’t know” is a direct threat to the lives of Europeans. In his regular Friday morning radio interview, the PM talked about migration, Brexit, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and relations with neighboring countries.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry held talks with David B. Cornstein, Ambassador of the United States of America, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Antal Rogán, Head of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister
“After a century that saw two world wars that wrought catastrophic damage and a half century of communism that attempted to erase our national identity,” writes Kovács,” Hungary makes no apology for putting cultural preservation among our top priorities”
Having just returned from the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Orbán sat for his regular radio interview this morning to talk about the upcoming EP elections, the UN migration pact, the ongoing national consultation and the liberal hysteria around the “Soros university”.
The reopening of the Museum of Fine Arts signals the end of an era of cultural policy that “aped others and therefore was mediocre,” Prime Minister Orbán said. In a Europe where national heritage and identity are at peril, the reopening also repays a debt that has been standing for more than seventy years.
PM Orbán pointed out that Budapest has all the features and capabilities to claim the title of a global sports capital: its geographical location, its beauty, its economic development, the hospitability of the people living here, its vivid cultural life, its strong services sector, but above all the safety of the city
“We would have never thought,” Prime Minister Orbán said, that 29 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Europe – once again – has to face a massive challenge. This time, it’s not “an external military threat, American or Russian endeavors that put Europe’s future in jeopardy,” but it’s Europe itself. This is why “we have to vote for the future of patriotism and national pride,” the PM said.
Even though “we have successfully defended Hungary’s right to protect its own borders,” Prime Minister Orbán said, “the debate remained the same.” However, they’ve put a new idea on the table, and it’s “the best proposal” to date.
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
Kovács believes Juncker's comment is personal revenge in light of the fact that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán did not support him when he ran for the office of President of the Commission four years ago
Brussels has just published its latest plans, and it’s a “collection of horror stories for the Hungarian people.” In his regular Friday morning radio interview Prime Minister Orbán touched on a number of topics, including Brussels’ intention to take away from member states their authority to protect the border, the global conflict between globalists and nationalists and the main driving force behind Hungarian foreign policy.
“We all have a vested interest in Budapest regaining its old glory. The government itself is convinced that Hungary can only be a serious country if its capital, too, undertakes serious endeavours,” PM Orbán said
According to Prime Minister Orbán, the story of Hungary’s survival teaches a lesson to today’s Europe: we should protect our identity, our culture or else “we will fall victim to a creeping pan-European cultural surrender.”
“The security of Hungary is directly related to the stability of Turkey,” Prime Minister Orbán said during a joint press conference after his talks on Tuesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Later, he reiterated Turkey’s indispensable role in stopping the flood of illegal migrants and spoke about economic ties between Hungary and Turkey.
Zoltán Kovács said Western liberals, left-wing groups and politicians have lost touch with members of the public who are compelled to face mass migration and deteriorating public security. “They take the view that it is time for a change,” he said
PM Orbán has been saying it for years. Europe must make border security the top priority, before any discussion of quotas or anything of the kind. Now, as we heard in Salzburg this week, some are finally coming around to the stark reality that protecting Europe’s border is serious business. That’s generally a step in the right direction, but some of the proposals out there take things off track.
“It is in Hungary’s national interest that cooperation between the two parts of Europe are as good as possible,” PM Orbán said following his meeting with President Putin, adding that Hungary-Russia connections play a special role in this relation. During his joint press conference with the Russian president, the prime minister talked about the expansion of the Paks nuclear plant, future natural gas shipments, economic relations between the two countries and the protection of the persecuted of Christians.
“We will not let anyone take away even a tiny bit of our right to border protection,” PM Orbán said in his address to the opening session of Parliament, adding that Hungary as a country is neither a transit zone, nor a holding camp. He also confirmed that the government will take legal steps against the EP’s decision last week to adopt the Sargentini Report.
During the debate on the Sargentini Report, the prime minister said the fight against migration is not a party political issue and that he is prepared to cooperate with any government that wants to defend the EU’s borders
“Hungary will not yield to blackmail,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in today’s European Parliament debate on the Sargentini Report. “It is going to halt illegal migration and defend its rights - even against you, if need be.”
The prime minister held talks in Bishkek with the Kyrgyz head of state Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The two leaders discussed strengthening economic, tourism, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries, and signed an important agreement on tourism
The European Parliament convenes in plenary next week to consider a resolution to impose sanctions on Hungary for alleged violations of the rule of law. The motion would trigger the Article 7 procedure, the so-called “nuclear option,” against a member state. That’s serious stuff.
It is Matteo Salvini’s mission to prove that migration can be stopped not only on land but also at sea, said Prime Minister Orbán, adding that even though Hungary has already shown the world that immigrants can be stopped at the border, Brussels’ migration policy still focuses on “managing” the crisis instead of putting an end to the influx of intruders.
Tamás Menczer said it was not Hungary that had made unfriendly moves against Ukraine but the other way round, highlighting Ukraine’s education law that prevents national minorities from studying in their mother tongue
During his speech at the 29th Balvanyos Summer University in Baile Tusnad (Tusnádfürdő), PM Orbán insisted that Europe’s current leaders were “inadequate” and incapable of protecting the continent from migration
Following the work of the last eight years, the people have given the government a mandate to lead Hungary into a new age, Prime Minister Orbán said in Tusnádfürdő this morning, calling for the rebuilding of the whole region of Central Europe.
“We will never forget that the Hungarian government, at that time, could not defend its Jewish citizens, but today the safety of all Jewish citizens in Hungary is guaranteed and anti-Semitism meets with zero tolerance,” the prime minister said
PM Orbán will today outline the country’s position on migration and make it clear that Hungary will not conclude any bilateral agreement on migrants with Germany until an agreement is reached between Austria and Germany
PM Orbán stressed that in Europe today order, peace and security can no longer be taken for granted, and we must make an ever-greater effort “to maintain the order of the thousands of years of our civilisation”
Zoltán Kovács said the issues illegal migration is posing to Europe have emerged in a number of different forms, from boats transporting migrants, through the latest Italian measures, to the mini-summit
People want their governments to conduct procedures for migrants already in Europe and “take them home,” the prime minister said. European democracy “is in trouble” because its leaders have been unwilling to do so, he added
PM Orbán said the Hungarian State and those administering its operation must at all times function in such a way that “the state should preserve us as we are; as we also said in the election campaign, to preserve Hungary as a Hungarian country”
In his regular Friday morning interview on Hungary’s public radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the Stop Soros package, migration, a “disturbance in the force” within the EU, and the Visegrád Group. “We have never been stronger than we are now,” he said, referring to yesterday’s Visegrád Four plus Austria summit.
The US president encouraged PM Orbán to strongly defend Hungary’s southern border. The prime minister reassured the president that Hungary is committed to continuing its current migration policy and will defend its borders
While the outcome of recent elections and sources of political instability in Europe figured prominently in Prime Minister Orbán’s interview this morning on Kossuth Radio, he also warned about the coming “high tide” of migration and touched on Hungary’s budget for next year as well as the planned amendment to the Fundamental Law
The prime minister said both institutions want to train resourceful young people who believe in the values that have sustained Hungarians for a thousand years. He added that hopefully the two can act as allies in the future
“We can’t carry out the work of the next four years without inserting it into a long-term plan,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning in his regular interview with Hungary’s public Kossuth Radio. The PM shared specific plans, touched upon the emptiness of liberal democracy, talked about an upcoming national consultation and explained how the Stop Soros package will bolster Hungary’s security.
“Back in 1990," said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday during a parliamentary session following the official swearing in of his fourth government, “Europe was our future, but now we’re Europe’s future.” In his address, the prime minister talked about his new government’s priorities and stressed the importance of border protection.
During the inauguration of the new Chief of the General Staff of the Hungarian Defence Forces in Parliament on Wednesday, the prime minister said that a strong Hungary cannot exist without a strong military
“Hungary is ready to take on a big challenge” as “the stars above Hungary shine brighter than ever,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his inaugural address this afternoon, a speech that touched on the future of Hungary and the European Union and taking on the impossible.
“Keep calm,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, referring to discussions over the EU’s next multi-year budget. The debate will be long and drawn out, but ultimately it has to have unanimous support, and “as long as Hungarians do not say okay, there won’t be any budget.”
In the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s – albeit perhaps a bit less youthful – a group of “academics, writers and activists” recently called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to condemn Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and have his party “expelled” from the EPP party alliance.
The prime minister asked students to jointly “build a Hungary” to which they can always return. The Hungarian people must fight for everything, for their own skilled workers, their own young people and their own future, he added
The prime minister said voters had underlined their support for the government’s essential targets such as economic growth coupled with fiscal discipline, full employment, support for families, preserving the value of pensions and guaranteeing security
EPP President Joseph Paul, EPP Group Leader Manfred Weber, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, German Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and the President of the Bank of China have all sent congratulations to the prime minister
“Hungary is a country of brave people,” the prime minister said. “This is our continent, this is our homeland, our greater homeland. We love it and we want its future to be just as bright as the successful decades behind us"
"We have [less than] 48 hours to bring everyone to vote. One voter, two votes. Millions of Hungarians, millions of votes. This is what stands against millions of dollars. And I believe that money cannot triumph over the will of millions of Hungarians,” the prime minister stressed
The prime minister said the government regards the security of the Hungarian people as its highest priority because where there is no security there are no investments, no new jobs, no incomes or pensions that hold their value, and there is no growth
The prime minister said there will either be a national government and Hungary will remain a Hungarian country, or there will be an internationalist government formed in essence by George Soros which would force Hungary into becoming an immigrant country
“Sooner or later the main question in every country will be migration,” said PM Orbán, who noted that for the first time since he began calling attention to the challenges of migration, he has begun to see more EU countries devoting serious attention to the issue.
The prime minister said it was not just for cultural reasons that migrants should not be distributed among EU member states, but also because hosting migrants would be beyond the countries’ economic capacities
They’re not giving in, those who see quotas and pro-immigration policies as Europe’s answer to the migration crisis. We’ll see a “decisive showdown” in June, said Prime Minister Orbán this week, when the EU’s heads of state and government will gather in Brussels again. Immigration will feature as one of the overriding issues on the agenda.
“We should not focus on the distribution of migrants, and a mandatory migrant quota is out of the question, but we should instead focus on ensuring that illegal migrants cannot gain entry to Hungary and the territory of the European Union,” the prime minister said
“We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades … to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life,” the prime minister said
“They want to take our country away. Not with the stroke of a pen like they did a hundred years ago in Trianon,” said Prime Minister Orbán in his March 15th address before a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s 1848 Revolution and War of Independence, “but that we voluntarily hand it over to others in the decades to come.”
“I believe in simple things – work, homeland, families,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier this week in his address to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce. He then reiterated the four pillars that define Hungary’s economy policies: competitiveness, a workfare society, good demographics and identity-based politics. “All decisions made by this government could fit into these categories.”
“We must always remember that, from 1956 onwards, generations have fought and worked for Hungary to become a place where Hungarian people can decide on what happens in their homeland: this is called an election,” PM Orbán said
“If we don’t want to become an immigrant country we’ll have to join our forces and fight this battle together,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, adding that with the upcoming elections Hungary’s future is at stake.
The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the deputy foreign ministers of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and the ambassador of Turkmenistan attended a foreign ministerial meeting of central Asian countries and the Visegrad group
America’s Fox News network covered the prime minister’s speech on a primetime slot yesterday and discussed how he gave rise to the notion that unless Europeans stand up for their traditions, culture and values it will be overrun by a Muslim majority
PM Orbán said the number of migrants to be taken in by member states under a mandatory resettlement scheme keeps growing. Under the most recent proposal, Hungary would have to take in 10,000 people a year rather than the 1,000 that was to be allocated to the country originally
The prime minister said that what is at stake at the general election in April is whether Hungary will have an independent government or one that can be blackmailed. The latter would give up national independence and let Hungary be transformed into a migrant country
“I urge you to come together and stand up for the rights of Hungarians living beyond our borders, by signing the Minority SafePack initiative in which we can protect the rights of Hungarians beyond our borders,” the prime minister said
On Sunday, The New York Times published a 2,500-word article on Hungary, “As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible.” It even appeared on the front page of the print edition, featured front and center with photos, under a somewhat less subtle title, “Taking an Ax to Democracy as Europe Fidgets.”
During the general meeting of cities with county status in Veszprém on Thursday, the prime minister said the world cannot succeed without a flourishing Europe and cities also require successful villages and families to thrive
PM Orbán said the United Nations is an asset, “but we mustn’t allow it to formulate principles that go against Hungary’s interests… And the package currently being prepared does go against Hungarian interests"
An “alliance of common sense” is in the making, said Prime Minister Orbán, countries that ask where it would lead if we accept the right to migration as a fundamental human right and allow the UN to oversee international migration. Hungary will not participate in anything that runs counter to its security interests.
Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister’s Press Chief, said there was “no significant change” in the prime minister’s assets compared to last year. He said the prime minister’s asset declaration is “legitimate, full, and certified”
During an interview on Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” program, the prime minister said that the government has never accepted the European Union’s quota regulations, and accordingly no one can demand any rights in Hungary based on those regulations
“In our view, the Roma are not a helpless minority living off welfare, that is, the money of other taxpayers ... They are Hungarian citizens for whom we can provide a liveable future and opportunities right here in their homeland," PM Orbán said
Syrians running for their lives have every right to enter the first safe state they reach, but the EU shouldn’t let them march through Europe. Schengen, one of the EU’s greatest achievements has to be protected because if we fail to defend our external borders then the internal ones will have to be closed again. Prime Minister Orbán in Welt am Sonntag on migration, Europe, Germany and the mutual lack of understanding between East and West.
“We didn’t want migrants, you did,” Prime Minister Orbán said in an interview published this week in the German daily Bild, adding that Germany and Angela Merkel’s infamous Wilkommenskultur were at the forefront of support for immigration. Prime Minister Orbán, however, has pushed for a different approach, insisting that the borders of Europe must be protected to preserve the freedoms achieved within the EU and that illegal immigration has a direct impact on security.
“We are the economic engine of the European Union,” Prime Minister Orbán said, standing next to his Polish counterpart, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, at their joint press conference in Budapest on Wednesday. Central Europe, he emphasized, is the fastest growing region within the EU.
“Regardless of whether or not we go to church, or, if we do, to which one, we don’t want to have to celebrate Christmas Eve behind drawn curtains to avoid offending somebody’s sensibilities,” PM Orbán said
The prime minister said that Hungary’s farm sector has been among the three fastest-growing agriculture sectors in the EU since 2010. Between 2010 and 2017, agricultural production in Hungary grew by over 50 percent, he added
“We managed to maintain our post, but failed to convince our opponents. The dispute has not finished, the judge has suspended the dispute. There will be a few weeks’ break now. We are going to meet again in March, and we shall continue the struggle around the issue of immigration," PM Orbán said
The prime minister addressed representatives at the 7th China-CEEC Summit (16+1 Summit) in Budapest on Monday, and highlighted how the 16 CEE countries in attendance were the “engine” behind Europe’s economic growth
During his visit to Brussels, the prime minister will hold further discussions on the Ukrainian Education Act, which grossly restricts minority rights. Following the arrival of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the two will attend the 7th China-CEEC Summit (16+1 Summit), which will be held in Budapest on Monday
During the opening of the Budapest centre and archive named after the Kossuth and Ybl Miklós Award winning architect, the prime minister said his legacy lives on and awaits to be continued in the Carpathian Basin
All Hungarian individuals and communities wherever they may live, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently, are part of one nation, and in an age when “national interests come first, even in the European Union,” Hungary aims to unite what is a global nation and make it stronger as a whole.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has addressed the 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf and stated that everyone has the right to live their life using their own language, without restrictions
In the Parliament Building on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with EC Commissioner for a Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip who praised Hungary’s programs aimed at major digital developments
The Hungarian government delegation included Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Zoltán Balog, minister of Human Capacities, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, László Trócsányi, minister of Justice, and Lajos Kósa, minister without Portfolio
The Kall Ingredients Limited’s isosugar refinery is the largest food industry investment of its kind since the fall of communism and will increase the country’s GDP by 185 billion HUF (600 million EUR)
“The economic growth of the four Visegrád Group (V4) countries is outstanding," the prime minister said. “If we do not count the performance capabilities of our four countries, there is practically no economic growth within the European Union. Central Europe is Europe’s safest and most rapidly developing region"
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio’s program 180 Minutes, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest European Council meeting and the machinations of the Soros network to aggressively drive a pro-immigration agenda.
There is “no smaller bullet in the gun, but the establishment of a permanent and mandatory migrant resettlement mechanism,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán following the summit of EU leaders on Friday, “with no upper limit on numbers: the mandatory relocation quota system.”
PM Orbán suggested that to help Italy tackle migrants arriving from Africa, the establishment of a fund similar to the one previously set up for Turkey, where EU member states would contribute in a similar ratio, would be one solution
PM Orbán said that he has faith in the Schengen system recovering in the near future “from its current comatose state”, as the greatest attraction of the EU is freedom of movement across its territory
PM Orbán revealed that guest nights were up by 50 percent last year compared with 2010, and revenues increased by over 115 percent. He also noted that the sector employs more than 360,000 people and accounts for 10 percent of the country’s GDP
“We, Hungarians, want Syrian, Iraqi and Nigerian Christians to be able to return home to the land that their ancestors have inhabited for hundreds of years as soon as possible, this is what we call Hungarian solidarity (…) Hungary helps," the prime minister said
“In Hungary, everything is in place to ensure that the upcoming years pass in the spirit of economic success. We would like to open a new era, an era of even higher economic growth in the history of the Hungarian economy," the prime minister said
PM Orbán stressed that security will be one of the greatest values in Europe in the future. Not only the peaceful and predictable lives of families will depend on it but also Hungary’s performance and economic success
“Brussels has come under George Soros’s influence,” the prime minister said. “The European Union wants to dismantle the border fence, let migrants enter the continent, distribute them among the member states and punish those who resist,” he added
PM Orbán said that members of the highly-qualified intellectual classes with solid family backgrounds are already succeeding in finding their own path as Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin. “Particular attention should be paid to lower and mid-level groups, however," he said
“Sooner or later an effective border seal will be needed on [Romania’s] eastern borders, otherwise Romania will be overwhelmed by migrants and we Hungarians would then have to build a fence on the Romanian border. We certainly want to avoid that, and if it comes to it we will gladly help Romania protect its eastern borders,” PM Orbán said
The prime minister said that maintaining Hungarian communities is one of the precepts of the national mission, which “is to fight to ensure that people can prosper, study in Hungarian, and live as Hungarians in the land of their birth”
Hungary is a member of the European Union, EU treaties must be respected, therefore the rulings of the European Court of Justice must be acknowledged, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this morning in response to the decision from the European Court of Justice on migrant quotas. However, he added, that is not a reason to change Hungary’s immigration policies, which reject mass migration.
“Hungary hadn’t been able to influence the fate of the Carpathian Basin since 1920,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said over the weekend in his annual address to the Civic Picnic in Kötcse, “but now, thanks to the achievements of the last seven years, Hungary plays a central role in the region.”
In the land where Zionism was born, Hungary, PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the daily threats to his country’s existence and Europe’s relationship with Israel, quoting French President Macron on anti-Zionism being the new anti-Semitism. He thanked PM Orbán for opposing this anti-Semitism by standing up for Israel in international forums.
“Twenty-seven years ago, we believed our future is Europe,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the 28th Summer University and Student Camp in Baile Tusnad this morning. “Right now, we are Europe’s future.”
“[O]r even if it exists today,” said Prime Minister Orbán, “it will vanish.” The prime minister, speaking during his regular radio interview this morning, was referring to the dangers of unchecked, illegal migration into Europe and the realization of the “Soros plan.”
Several days ago, Prime Minister Orbán was speaking about a group of leaders that served during a tough period in Hungary’s history, the inter-war period, and his remarks generated some controversy. Inevitably, some raised the worn-out charge of anti-Semitism. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó put them properly in their place.
PM Orbán highlighted that illegal immigration is bringing a culture of intolerance and growing anti-Semitism into Europe. The prime minister wrote that “I do not expect either thanks or recognition for our fight against illegal migration, but a modicum of assistance from your community would be appreciated”
Had Turkey not fulfilled its obligation, Europe would have been flooded by many millions of migrants and “we would not be able to handle that," PM Orbán said. “Turkey deserves respect for this, which we will always give it," he added
Hungary aims to replace the four reactors currently operating at the Paks site, which were constructed in the 1980s and account for approximately 50 percent of Hungary's domestic electricity production
“We are facing challenges, which, it is my belief, we are capable of overcoming jointly, through partnership. However, we also have huge opportunities to move forward towards the achievement of our common goals," President Trump wrote in his letter to PM Orbán
As a result of the hard work of Hungarian people, Hungary once again stands before an “economic breakthrough,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressing the Parliament earlier this week at the opening of the spring session.
In 2015, a migratory wave of unforeseen proportions reached the borders of Europe. One and a half million people have crossed Schengen borders illegally. The cultural and economic integration of the masses of newcomers has made Europe face an unsolvable task, and uncontrolled border-crossings have significantly increased the danger of terror.
Brexit, the migration crisis and the pressure it puts on Europe, economic hardship, the recent terror acts in European cities like Nice, Munich and Paris, have all affected our everyday lives and are issues Orbán believes that the EU has failed to address
Speaking to graduating class of police and border patrol officers last weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had a simple message. It emphasized the outstanding achievement of Hungary’s uniformed services and how they have shown Europe that, if a country so wishes, it can uphold both the Dublin Protocol and the Schengen Treaty. And if everyone does their duty, Europe’s borders can be protected and mass migration can be controlled.
“When I visit southern Germany, I always find time to visit Mr. Chancellor [Kohl],” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about his latest meeting with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, adding that they discussed the future of Europe and bilateral relations between Germany and Hungary. Today, in his regular biweekly radio interview, the prime minister had several interesting things to say about both. A few things that may surprise you.
In a joint statement released after visiting the former German chancellor at his home in Germany on Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and former Chancellor Helmut Kohl stated that Europe cannot be a new home to the millions of people in need around the world.
In Stuttgart on Tuesday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met former Minister President of Baden-Württemberg Erwin Teufel. In their meeting they discussed the future of European Christian democracy and crisis situations in the European Union.
In response to the European Union's proposal, a concept that the government of Hungary considers seriously flawed, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has presented a ten-point action plan for the management of the migration crisis.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on April 7th, 2016 in Paris, recalling the conditions that lead to the IMF bailout in 2008 under the previous government and the steps that his government took to turn the economy around.
In his regular, radio interview on Friday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that, on the EU’s quota system, “it cannot be the case that one member state alone makes a decision and the others suffer the consequences.” He also spoke about the symbolic significance of paying off the loan and that Hungary has good reason to celebrate this weekend.
After a Committee meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that repaying the IMF-EU loan is an unprecedented achievement, which could not have been accomplished without friends like the OECD.
On Thursday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France and leader of the center-right party Les Républicains. At their meeting the two politicians discussed European issues.
The Prime Minister’s Press Chief Bertalan Havasi has informed kormany.hu that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has travelled to Paris, where on Thursday he will hold talks with Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría. During his visit the Prime Minister will also hold informal meetings with a number of important figures in French politics.
At the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, "It is very difficult to find a world-class technology in which Hungary is regarded as highly as it is in its nuclear industry". Watch here (with English subtitles).
“I’d like to express, in the name of the whole country, my commiseration and condolences to the relatives of the victims,” said Prime Minister Orbán today in the Hungarian town of Tatabánya, briefing journalists on the government’s response to the terror attacks in Brussels this morning. Earlier today Prime Minister Orbán and President Áder sent letters of condolence to Brussels and the prime minister issued a public statement.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said he was shocked to hear of the attacks in Brussels committed on Tuesday morning. He has expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and wishes quick recovery to those injured.
“For the past several days we’ve working on behalf of the Hungarian interest that any kind of refugee exchange, settlement or movement of people would only happen on a voluntary basis. We have a chance to achieve this,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán upon his arrival at the EU Council meeting on Thursday. In response to a journalist asking about his prognosis, the prime minister confided, “I always feel good before a summit. Let’s see afterwards.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the nation on the steps of the National Museum on March 15, 2016. His speech looked to the past and pointed out that Hungary's most successful revolutions were when the freedom of the country was threatened. Tying the past to present the Prime Minister spoke in plain but strong language aimed at Brussels and the threat that uncontrolled migration poses to not just Hungary but all of Europe.
“No European nation can be free if Europe is not [free],” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, “and today, Europe is not.” Addressing a crowd gathered in front of the National Museum, the prime minister was speaking today on the March 15th holiday, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1848 Revolution, a national uprising that grew into a war of independence from the Austrian Empire.
At the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s business year-opening event, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that the Government is introducing a new decision-making mechanism for EU calls for proposals. The Prime Minister also said that warding off the threat of migration may result in an enormous competitive advantage.
The times are over when one can travel on the Western Balkan routes without controls. EU leaders have decided that the routes of people smugglers must be closed, which means that order must also be restored at the borders, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told journalists in Brussels after the summit of the leaders of the European Union and Turkey in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“Frontiers must be closed down,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had said at the beginning of the day, “in other words: the legal framework has to be restored. The Schengen agreement must be kept word-by-word, so no one can come through without registration and permission.”
Ahead of the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the external borders of the European Union must be closed and the direct resettlement of migrants is out of question – at least in the case of Hungary.
On Kossuth Radio’s “180 Minutes” programme on Friday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in relation to the European Union’s handling of the immigration crisis that “individual action is better than unified inertia”.
Standing fast to the conviction that the European Union’s failed migration policy must be opposed and that Europe, with its common values and common history, must be protected, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in his annual State of the Nation speech today, said, “Brussels must be stopped.”
Following talks on Wednesday with President of Russia Vladimir Putin at his state residence near Moscow, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said that his country’s cooperation with Russia on the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant was the agreement and deal of the century.
At a press conference following a special summit of Visegrád Four (V4) prime ministers in Prague, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the policy the European Union has so far pursued in handling the migration crisis has failed, the external Schengen borders could not be protected, and therefore a new, second line of defence is needed.
In Parliament on Monday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán highlighted halting the decline in the Hungarian population as one of the most important tasks for the future. Mr. Orbán also stated that teachers are asking for an 18% pay increase, which is currently impossible.
Following the meeting of the Visegrad Four, Prime Minister Orbán pointed to the need for a "second line of defense" between Turkey and Schengen. In the press statement, he also voiced support for Bulgaria's accession to Schengen.
“It is a fact that one should act cautiously not to [unnecessarily] limit the rights of freedom, but people’s security comes first,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday morning during his regular interview with public radio.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán issued a statement following his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Sofia on January 29, 2016. His statement focussed on the positive relationship Hungary has with Bulgaria, Bulgaria’s active role in protecting the Schengen Zone, the unfair treatment Bulgaria gets from the EU, and the migrant crisis.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán issued a statement following his presentation of the Hungarian Medal of Honor to Dr. Szilvia Lubics in Budapest on January 28, 2016. Dr. Szilvia Lubics is a renowned amateur long distance runner.
Europe has two types of countries, said Prime Minister Orbán during the joint press availability following his meeting in Ljubljana, January 22, with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar. There are "ones which defend Schengen with words, and others which do so with actions. We both fall into the second category." nyomtatás Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s statement after the Slovenian-Hungarian government summit 22 January 2016 22 January 2016, Ljubljana
Hungary pursues "a migration policy which of course grants political refugees all the possibilities afforded by international law," the prime minister said, "but which does not allow anyone else in.” In his Friday interview on state radio, January 22, the prime minister talked about migration, the taxi versus Uber conflict, and the new family housing allowance program.
In the question-and-answer round of Parliament’s plenary session on Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the Constitution does not support the erection of statues in honour of political leaders in government during the time when Hungary had lost its sovereignty.
“We have lost that which made the European continent attractive," said the prime minister in this interview with a Swiss weekly, "and that which we Hungarians found so attractive in it: free political debate. Political correctness has turned the EU into some kind of royal court, where everyone must behave themselves, while all the time migration is an urgent challenge for us."