Orbán: New Italian Government Appointed but Not Elected
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.09.27.
“I felt at home,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said about his last week visit to Rome where he attended the rally of Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia – FdI). In an interview to state broadcaster Kossuth Radio, Orbán said the event reminded him of the meetings of the Hungarian conservative civic circles movement around 2004-2005.
Commenting on Italy’s internal political situation, the prime minister said the new government there had been appointed without being elected, and therefore many Italians felt that with former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini gone, they had lost the one person who could guarantee the country’s security. Orbán said this development meant that Hungary, too, had temporarily lost an ally in the fight against migration.
“And just as it always happens, whenever a left-wing government is set up, the ports are immediately opened and migrants arrive immediately,” Orban said. “They’re not stopping them, but rather bringing them in.”
Commenting on Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s recent criticism of the Hungarian government, Orbán said there were matters in which Hungary could be of help and matters in which it could not and did not even want to be. “We’re not going to help them open the ports, bring in migrants and redistribute these people across Europe,” he said.
However, Hungary can be of help to Italy when it comes to border protection, “and if necessary, we could take over the patrol of any section of the Italian border”, he added.
But, he insisted, migrant redistribution quotas were “out of the question”. Hungary would, however, gladly support a “deportation quota”, even if the migrants it would concern are not on Hungary’s territory, he said.
“But it doesn’t look like this kind of help is needed,” Orbán said, insisting that the left was importing migrants to Europe with the intention of granting them citizenship in the hope that they would eventually enjoy their support.
The prime minister said Europe was the only continent in the world which “gives in to its suicidal tendencies” by failing to protect its own identity. Central Europe, however, opposes this mindset, he added.
Orbán said that while the majority of MEPs supported migration, “this is not the case among the prime ministers”, adding that this made him hopeful that the introduction of migrant distribution quotas could be prevented once again.
He said the reason why the EP was looking to eliminate some commissioner candidates was that if those candidates became members of the European Commission, then that body would end up looking more like the European Council than the parliament.
Commenting on a new agreement reached in Malta on the redistribution of migrants rescued at sea, Orbán said the countries that urged the introduction of migrant quotas at that meeting had not even fulfilled their earlier commitments regarding the acceptance of migrants.
Orbán ruled out the possibility that the EU could “once again outmaneuver” the bloc’s prime ministers by “pulling a slum trick at the ministerial level”.