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Migration Biggest Threat to Europe, Says Defence Minister

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.01.30.

Migration is the biggest threat to the safety of Europeans, the defence minister said ahead of a two-day meeting with his European Union counterparts in Bucharest on Wednesday.

Europe, and Hungary specifically, have entered a new phase in terms of security policy, Tibor Benkő told MTI. Europe’s security has deteriorated considerably, he said, adding that routine solutions were not adequate for dealing with new types of security challenges.

The ministerial meeting will focus on European defence initiatives, coherence between the various defence training projects and military operations, Benkő said.

He urged European leaders to take the security threats facing the continent and its citizens seriously and start pursuing a new direction on migration.

Benkő added new global security challenges like terrorism, migration or cyberwarfare required a joint European response.

featured image: DM Benkő at an earlier interview; via MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry