Reacting to reports that Slovenia was suspending the Schengen Treaty and reinstating border controls with Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that although European liberal politicians “have long denied the major threat illegal migration poses to Europe”, it has now become clear to everyone that Brussels had underestimated its dangers. Minister Szijjártó said on Facebook that the emergence of parallel societies and recent terrorist attacks were a threat to people’s physical safety. At the same time, this would hurt the European economy because border controls within the Schengen zone will slow down trade and the operations of companies engaged in cross-border activities, he added. The reintroduced border controls, he said, would deal “another blow” to Europe’s competitiveness, which he said was already “deteriorating by the day”. “It’s time for change,” Minister Szijjártó said. “Unless Brussels changes its migration policy, we can easily find ourselves returning … to the past era of a Europe separated by borders.”
FM: Illegal migration poses a major threat to Europe
Minister Szijjártó said the emergence of parallel societies and recent terrorist attacks were a threat to people’s physical safety.