"If we want to keep the European Union together, liberals must respect the rights of non-liberals," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said.
The prime minister said in his latest “samizdat” letter that at the latest European Council meeting, “the rainbow-flagged prime ministers” sought to clarify in a debate whether the unity of values still existed. He said the dispute was “eerily similar” to the one that broke out in June 2015 over the “migrant invasion of Europe”. “Both were morally difficult, politically important and intellectually fine debates. In both cases, the answer is the same: there is no unity of values and therefore no political unity either,” PM Orbán said, adding that in both cases “the liberals started out from the premise that these were issues to which there was only one answer, one in line with the liberal hegemony of opinion.” Non-liberal democrats, on the other hand, said “there are different answers … and only an approach of ‘unity in diversity’ can hold the European Union together,” PM Orbán said. “Liberals believe that everyone has the right to migrate and to enter the territory of the European Union, even if it is not directly from a dangerous country but through a safe third country. The right to migrate, they say, is essentially a human right.”