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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
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.
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.
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 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.
In one of his regular, Friday morning interviews with Hungarian public radio, Prime Minister Orbán said the national interest and protection of citizens must take priority in the context of EU reform and response to the threat of terror.
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 an address given at a Saint Thomas Becket Memorial Day conference in Esztergom on Tuesday, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér said that what is at stake regarding the planned distribution of migrants across Europe is preservation of national sovereignty and a sense of identity. “Only those may enter Hungary whom we want to enter,” he stressed.
“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."