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In a Europe that has experienced acts of terrorism with increasing frequency in recent years, Hungary stands out as an island of security at the heart of the continent. The reasons are many, but important among them is the political will to keep it like that. In addition to the border fence securing an otherwise vulnerable stretch of the European Union’s southeastern border, the Orbán Government bolstered defense forces through the Zrinyi 2026 program.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said a terrorist attack committed at a Christmas fair is a clear message that terrorists want to destroy not only our everyday lives, but also our religion and culture
“Terrorism didn’t use to be part of everyday life in Europe, and Hungary rejects the fact that we should have to live with this, and that this is something natural," Hungary's foreign minister said. “We expect European institutions to finally take action with regard to this issue"
“During the summer it was proven that the threat of terrorism in Europe has increased as a result of mass immigration, and accordingly strict border controls continue to be necessary in the interests of the security of the Hungarian people," Hungary's government spokesperson said
“European leaders are responsible for guaranteeing the security of the continent, and those who are incapable of doing so have no place among the leaders of Europe. Their job should be to do something to combat the threat of terrorism," Hungary's foreign minister said
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said eastern and western Europe should “put aside political correctness and hypocrisy” and work together in countering the threat of terrorism for the sake of protecting the continent
It was one of the most heinous crimes from the dark days of the migrant crisis in 2015. The trial began this week in Hungary of eleven men charged in the deaths of 71 migrants, victims of human traffickers, found in an abandoned refrigerator truck in August of that year.
“The attacks on Great Britain are particularly shocking to all Hungarians in view of the fact that in recent decades many of our compatriots have chosen your beautiful capital as a place to work or study,” PM Orbán said
“Europe no longer has any time to lose; after the terrorist attack in Manchester, it should be clear to everyone that we are in the eleventh hour when it comes to Europe’s security," Hungary's foreign minister said
Late last week, leaders of the 28 members of NATO gathered in Brussels to send, in the words of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a strong message of the unity of the transatlantic alliance and its commitment to collective security. NATO finds itself in an increasingly challenging environment due to the rise of complex security threats that require responsive capabilities. Grappling with terrorism, migration, cybercrime and more, every one of the member states must step up its game.
President Áder expressed sympathy for the families of the victims and wished people injured in the blast a speedy recovery. The president said in his message that everything must be done to ensure that “the lives of peaceful people cannot be threatened by those obsessed by destruction and terror”
Both parties have signed a bilateral agreement on Interior Ministry and anti-terrorism cooperation according to which Hungary will be sharing its border control and border security experiences with Tunisia
The number of attempts to illegally cross the border have fallen significantly since the stricter regulations were introduced and rather than undergoing checks and being identified, migrants are instead avoiding the Hungarian border and attempting to enter Europe via new routes
“What we are seeing is that the greatest global danger to the civilized world is not posed by a state, but by a terrorist organization, and primarily by the Islamic State terrorist organization," Hungary's foreign minister said
“Clearly, Mr. Orban is playing the European Union for a patsy,” the New York Times editors write in a piece published yesterday. “At what point will the union have the courage to take action against his policies?”
Hungary's defense minister said that both the US and Hungary think that “a greater military presence is required in crisis zones and peace should be ensured as soon as possible so that local residents can stay and prosper in their homelands”
According to Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, chances of a settlement in Syria since the war broke out have never been as good as they are today, but there will be no solution if Russia and the United States fail to come to terms on the conditions
Yesterday, the Hungarian Parliament amended the Fundamental Law, our constitution, to allow the national assembly to declare a state of terrorism threat and grant temporary, extraordinary powers to the government.
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.
First reactions are often the same: grief, condolences, sympathy, words to remember the victims and to comfort the families. Hungary’s highest representatives, President Áder and Prime Minister Orbán, were among the first European leaders to express their condolences through letters to their Belgian counterparts.
On Tuesday evening György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, told public television channel M1 that there is no threat of terrorism in Hungary, but in the event of serious incidents, such as the attacks committed in Brussels, the “strands” must be examined; this is why the Government has increased the national terror alert to Level 2.
“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.