Domestic Politics

March 15: Hungarian PM Defends Nation-States, Slams Brussels Over Plans For “United States Of Europe”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the state commemoration of Hungary’s anti-Habsburg revolution of 1848/49 with a strong message on migration. Hungary will not allow others to dictate “who we must admit into our houses and home country” and it will not give in to “blackmail or threats” from Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in front of Budapest’s National Museum. The first step towards stopping mass migration into Europe is “stopping Brussels,” he said.

Budapest, 2016. március 15. Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök az 1848-49-es forradalom és szabadságharc kitörésének 168. évfordulóján rendezett állami ünnepségen Budapesten, a Múzeumkertben 2016. március 15-én. MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás

Hungary will not allow Brussels to “place itself above the law”, Orbán insisted. “We will not allow [Brussels] to force onto us the fruits of its cosmopolitan migration policy. We are not going to import crime, terrorism, homophobia or anti-Semitism that sets synagogues on fire … There will not be any gangs hunting our wives and daughters.” Orbán described the EU’s refugee policy as one that would first decide who Hungary has to admit before forcing the state to “serve foreigners in our own homeland” after which “we find ourselves locked out of our own country”. He reiterated Hungary’s rejection of the European Union’s refugee resettlement scheme.

The prime minister said in his March 15 address that mass migration is presented as a humanitarian issue, but its real nature is “invasive”. Viktor Orbán said discussions on migrant relocation would begin with talks on resettling “a couple of hundred or a thousand” people but this was sure to lead to the resettlement of tens or hundreds of thousands of migrants. Orbán said Hungary has a history of taking in people from different cultures. Anyone who had arrived in Hungary “as a new family member, ally or refugee” was taken in and found a new home here, he said. People who attempted to force their way into the country or came with the intention to change it, however, were met with resistance.

Budapest, 2016. március 15. Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök beszédet mond az 1848-49-es forradalom és szabadságharc kitörésének 168. évfordulóján rendezett állami ünnepségen Budapesten, a Múzeumkertben 2016. március 15-én. MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás

He said that 168 years after European peoples fought for their freedom, “Europe, our shared home,” is not free. “Freedom begins with speaking the truth, but today we are not allowed to speak the truth in Europe,” the prime minister said. “Even if it is made of silk, a muzzle is still a muzzle.” “We are not allowed to say” that Europe is threatened by mass migration or that migration “brings with it crime and terrorism” to the continent, Orbán said. Further, Europeans are not allowed to say that the migrant inflow “is no accident but a pre-planned, controlled operation.” Europeans are not allowed to say that “Brussels is slowly eating away at our sovereignty and planning a United States of Europe” which it does not have a mandate to do.

Viktor Orbán said life in today’s Hungary was shaped by the intellectual heirs of the revolutions of 1848 and 1956. “The nation’s political, economic and intellectual life is still governed by the heartbeat of revolution.” He said the revolution of 1848/49 was “Hungarian to the core” by being inspiring, sober, glorious but moderate at the same time. The prime minister praised the citizens, soldiers, lawyers, writers, doctors, farmers and patriotic workers who participated in the revolution.

The Hungarian Premier also greeted Polish citizens who had travelled to Budapest to take part in the commemorations. “Just as we have over the course of our shared history, we [Hungarians] stand by you once again in the fight for your country’s freedom and independence,” he told the Poles in attendance. “’More respect to Poland!’ is our joint message for Brussels,” he said. “The book of fate says that the concealed and faceless powers of the world will do away with everything that is unique, exceptional, ancient and national,” Orbán said in his closing remarks. “If we accept this … we will be swallowed up by the United States of Europe.” Hungary’s task is now to “defeat, rewrite and change the fate that has been written for us,” he said.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: Tamás Kovács – MTI