Brussels and its ally in Hungary, the Hungarian Left both have to be stopped because together they want to bring millions of people to Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday, speaking in his regular weekly radio interview on state-run Kossuth Rádió.
According to Mr. Orbán, even the previous left-wing government wanted to change the country’s ethnic composition to include ten per cent foreigners, arguing that this would be “insanity”. The Hungarian government has published its Schengen 2.0 action plan to counter the EU proposal of solving the continent’s demographic and economic problems with settling even more migrants in Europe. According to the Prime Minister, the Brussels approach is identical to migration policies laid out in recently disclosed documents drawn up by Hungary’s former Socialist government, which was in office between 2002 and 2010.
Addressing the country’s economic situation, the Prime Minister said that the country is experiencing a period of upsurge and one more step will be made forward in 2017. Wages increase every single year while unemployment is decreasing and not for 25 years have as many people been in employment as now; importantly, this was achieved not on borrowed money, he pointed out, stressing that Hungary has paid back its IMF-EU loan. Also mentioning tax cuts and the increasing value of pensions, he emphasised that EU statistics suggest that the number of people living in poverty fell by 600 000 in the country in 2013-2014.
Mr. Orbán described the 2017 state budget as that of tax cuts and the offering the possibility to establish a family home, while providing for progress in health care and education.
Commenting on health care, the Prime Minister said that doctors’ and nurses’ wages has to be increased within a comprehensive framework, preferably spanning 3 or 4 years. The difference between doctors’ salaries in Western Europe and Hungary has to be decreased, he said, however indicating that reaching Western levels of pay over the next one or two years seems unrealistic.
Mr. Orbán also spoke of a meeting earlier in the week, during a visit to Germany, with the leaders of Mercedes and Deutsche Telecom, recalling that he has concluded an agreement with the latter company on establishing full broadband Internet coverage of all enterprises and households by 2018.
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