Orbán: Higher education law not about closing CEU
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said it would soon become clear that fears the government plans to close down the Central European University (CEU) are unfounded. “Soon people will realise that this isn’t about closing down a university but about applying the law to all Hungarian universities,” he told the daily Magyar Idők. In an interview covering migration, the 2018 election and the influence of US financier George Soros, Orbán said that Hungary’s place is in the European Union. “Unlike the British, we are staying in the EU. We are not an island; our country and our lives are a part of Europe. … Our fate is tied to that of other European countries. The only possibility I see is reforming how the EU functions.”
Asked about whether he was fighting on too many fronts, Orbán said: “We wouldn’t have any conflicts if we accepted what Brussels or other political or financial centres dictate to us … We live in an era in which international politics is a theatre of war. It is the independence and freedom of European nations that are at stake. At the centre of the theatre of war is migration. Financial stability, the transparency of the Soros university and of international lobbyist organisations are battles in the current campaign rehearsal.”
Orbán 2018 vote crucial
The 2018 general election will be a crucial one, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told the daily Magyar Idők. “In Hungary, the national government is constantly coming under pressure and attack, and what is most vitally at stake is whether our parliament and government will be there to serve the interests of the Hungarian people or whether foreign interests will be served.” “In 2010, we did not undertake simply to govern. We wanted our country to be an optimistic, happy one based on a reborn spirit and our own achievements,” he said. Asked to explain why it was that so many people did not identify with the picture he had painted of a bright and buoyant country, Orbán said that this was natural. “We chose democracy as the form of our modern Hungarian state. But democracy is a system in which everyone can think freely and form their opinion,” he said, adding that it was unavoidable that there should be “differences of opinion within a system of argumentation and debate”.
“Today’s biggest debate in Europe is about migration, and our future stands or falls on its outcome. The question is whether the character of European countries, their civilisation, culture and way of thinking will be the same as in the time of our parents and grandparents, or something completely different.” Drawing a contrast between the government’s way of thinking and “liberals and left-wingers” backed by “George Soros and international forces”, he said, “We want to preserve the fundamentals of Europe. We don’t want parallel societies, neither do we want to change our populations; and we do not want to swap our Christian civilisation for another kind. This is why we built the fence and why we are protecting ourselves against … the flood of migrants.”Orbán said that Soros, hidden from public view, was supporting illegal migration through Hungarian organisations. “He wants to keep Hungary under pressure.” He added that Hungary would expect Soros to abide by the country’s laws. “George Soros should not be underestimated; he is a very powerful and resolute billionaire who does not recognise God or people where his interests are concerned. We want to protect Hungary, and this is why we must undertake the struggle,” he said.
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