In an interview with Czech daily Lidové Noviny, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Europe was applying double standards on the issue of migration. Referring to fences built by Hungary and the Baltic states, he said whenever a liberal government did something it was always good, but when a conservative one did the same it was always the opposite.
According to MTI, PM Orbán said the EU does not have to let in Afghan migrants because they should stay in their region and Europe should help the countries of that region cope with the burden of Afghan migrants. However, if Germany wants Hungary to open a corridor for Afghans to reach Germany, Hungary will be willing to do so, he added. He said that after the big migration wave of 2015 acts of terrorism intensified, adding that there was a connection between the two, and the latter always grew commensurate with the former. Brussels, he said, was again attempting to pressurise member states into relocating migrants. “We’ll have to veto [this] again and again…” PM Orbán added.
The prime minister also said Brussels was dragging its heels on its decision over EU recovery money, but the funds would arrive sooner or later. In the meantime, Hungary has raised a large amount of money, 4.5 billion euros, on the market with interest of below 1 percent, he said, adding this “good deal” would enable the country to implement developments needed for recovery. “Hungarian projects are up running without a cent from Brussels,” he said.
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