Addressing a crowd this afternoon in downtown Budapest, he spoke of an election that will have far-reaching impact. “Europe will choose its future at the end of May,” he said, and immigration will be one of the decisive issues.
Since Hungary’s accession to the European Union in 2004, Hungarians have voted in three EP elections where the only real question was whether the president of the European Commission will come from the left or the right side of the political spectrum, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán began.
But now, he continued, larger stakes loom. “Europe will choose its future,” he said, deciding on whether “there will be EU leaders from the pro-immigration parties or from those that oppose immigration.”
“Will Europe remain European or will we give way to the masses coming from other cultures,” the PM asked, adding that “we will decide whether we protect our Christian European culture or give way to multiculturalism.”
PM Orbán illustrated the recent dissolution of traditional political divisions with the fact that the leaders of the four Visegrád countries might come from different political families, but they all agree on the fundamental rights and want to preserve our homeland and Europe in the way we know it today. “Hungarians, who have been protecting Europe for a thousand years, want the EU, but we are fed up with the way things are going in Brussels,” he said.
“We are not willing to do what Brussels dictates if that is not good for Hungarians,” he said, adding that among the member states, Hungarian and Polish voters boast the highest support for the European Union.
“European people,” he said, “simply don’t want immigration,” citing the latest surveys by Hungarian pollster, the Századvég Institute. Although, he added, even if a certain Mr. Timmermans wants it so much, Europe – with its population of half a billion - could put an end to immigration if it wanted to.
But Brussels wants more power over the European nation states, the prime minister said as the leaders in the Brussels bubble have been influenced by the interests of those who want to dissolve the precedence of the EU’s Christian culture.
“The program of legal migration is in fact a cover name for a population exchange,” the PM said before turning to his seven-point action-plan to ensure the future of a Europe based on Christian culture. Here are the points:
1. The management of migration must be taken away from the Brussels bureaucrats and given back to the national governments.
2. We must say clearly that no country would be required to accept migrants against its will.
3. Nobody should be admitted to Europe without valid identification and documents.
4. We must abolish the prepaid migrant cards and the migrant visa.
5. Brussel should not give more funding to the NGOs funded by George Soros
6. In Europe, no one should be discriminated against because they declare themselves Christian
7. That those who have the right to decide, rather the European Parliament and the European Council, decide that leaders who oppose immigration head up the EU institutions.
Regarding the Fidesz-EPP relationship, the prime minister posed some frank questions about the future direction of a center-right party who counts Wilfried Martens and Helmut Kohl among its founding fathers.
“After the election we will see which direction the EPP will take,” he added. Now, it seems, the PM said, that the EPP is “turning to the left, in a liberal direction, in the direction of building a liberal European empire” and in the direction of a Europe of immigration. “If the EPP takes that direction, they can be assured that we will not follow them,” he said.
President János Áder has already set the date of the election to May 26th. So far,twenty-four parties have registered to run for the 21 available seats in the European Parliament. As the law provides for a fifty-day campaign period, it will officially begin tomorrow, April 6th.