Hungary: Hungarian leader says Europe is now ‘under invasion’ by migrants / Magyarország: a magyar vezető azt mondja, hogy Európa immár “behatol” a migránsok

Viktor Orbán steps up far-right rhetoric as he campaigns for third term as prime minister

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán.
 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek Stf/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has warned “countries that don’t stop immigration will be lost” in a speech three weeks before he seeks re-election for a third term.

Addressing a huge crowd of supporters in Budapest on Thursday, Orbán used the speech to paint the upcoming vote as part of an existential battle for the survival of Hungary and Europe.

“Africa wants to kick down our door, and Brussels is not defending us,” Orbán told the crowds gathered outside the Hungarian parliament building in drizzling rain. “Europe is under invasion already, and they are watching with their hands in the air.”

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Orbán claims Hungary is last bastion against ‘Islamisation’ of Europe / Orbán szerint Magyarország az utolsó bástya az európai “iszlamizáció” ellen

PM steps up populist rhetoric in annual state of the nation speech ahead of April elections

Viktor Orbán
 Viktor Orbán delivers his state of the nation speech in Budapest. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

The prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, has ramped up his populist rhetoric ahead of April elections to claim that “dark clouds are gathering” and that his country is a last bastion in the fight against the “Islamisation” of Europe.

In his annual state of the nation speech, Orbán, who already appears set to win a third consecutive four-year term, made what are now familiar claims about his success in beating back threats to Hungary’s way of life from “Brussels, Berlin and Paris politicians”.

“We sent the muzzle back to Brussels and the leash back to the IMF,” he said early in his address on Sunday, praising the strength of the country’s economy.

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Europe’s unprecedented challenge from the authoritarians in the east

How the EU deals with members flouting core western liberal norms and values could overshadow Brexit wrangling in 2018

Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party.

Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s increasingly authoritarian Law and Justice party. Photograph: Czarek Sokołowski/AP

n 2017, Europe survived the crunch Dutch, French and German elections that – after Brexit and Trump – many predicted would mark the beginning of its end. In 2018, the biggest threats could come from the east.

When Poland and Hungary joined the EU in 2004, the integration of the former communist bloc countries was seen as critical to the bloc’s post-cold war advance. Barely a decade later, they risk becoming its first rogue states.

How Europe deals with members deliberately flouting the core western liberal norms and values it strives to embody – social tolerance, respect for free speech, an independent judiciary – could dominate 2018 far more than Britain’s exit.

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The best approach and the best speech ever by a European politician on migration

This is a truly impressive speech by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, that gets to the heart of the European migration situation. With Merkel listening in, Orban honestly and correctly says that it is Europe’s moral responsibility and objective is to help ‘refugees’ lead a dignified and secure life in their own countries rather than allowed to become European citizens.

Free choice of a host country is not included under European law. The refugees are victims of bad government, bad political decisions and bad European decisions that raises expectations and supports human traffickers. The German, French and Hungarian life is not compatible with Islam. A debate is needed about European civilisation’s heritage that has been worked for and fought over so hard.

The European Left dictates the migration agenda and supports migration. They consider protection of borders nationalistic and bureaucratic, wanting to discard the real values of European society. European Christian Democrats need to fight back, and people should not be attacked for trying to do so. The Leftists should not be allowed to take away Europe from the people.

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In a Euronews report on Hungary, there is reference to Hungary’s ‘far-right movement’ when in fact they are nationalists. Hungarians commemorate Republic Day on every October 23 to mark the 1956 uprising against the Soviet-ruled communist regime. And this year, Orbán took to the stage to lash out – quite correctly in my view – against globalisation and a “migrant invasion”.

The Euronews reporter also meets Balázs László, “who is waging another kind of fight in Hungary. The 22-year-old is the co-founder of the new radical right-wing movement Force and Determination, which hopes to run in next year’s parliamentary elections”. As he says:

According to statistics, in 50 or 60 years’ time, our continent’s population could be replaced, from an ethnical point of view. It’s estimated that around 30 million, and even up to 70 million Middle Eastern Muslims are already living here in Europe. There are about 10 to 12 million people from the Eastern European gypsy community, not to mention the number of African immigrants. In the next 10 years, up to one billion people could leave Africa. Our population is dropping all the time, while the number of people who are coming here, or those who are already living here, is growing continuously. And if we don’t see this, then we can be sure that white people will disappear.

There is also an interview with the mayor of Ássothalom, László Toroczkai, who produced a controversial YouTube video in 2015 in a bid to curb migration. It has nearly two million views. As he quite rightly says in the interview, “We want to preserve our traditions. I respect Islam, but it’s impossible in my country because Islam is not compatible with Hungarian traditions. This is a Hungarian town, this is a Roman Catholic town. We can accept those people who respect this fact. A Hungarian, Catholic, European town.” He is also known for wanting to ban traditional Muslim dress and the call to prayer.

 

It is every country’s right to protect its own borders and citizens

In an Breitbart article (September 17, 2017) the following was written:

The United Nations has strongly criticised Hungary for showing a “very clear intention” to halt illegal immigration, blasting the nation’s border wall for giving an unwelcoming impression to would-be asylum seekers.

“My fundamental impression is that there is a very clear intention here to limit severely the number of people that are allowed to come to Hungary to seek protection,” UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said Tuesday, whilst visiting a transit zone for asylum seekers at the Hungary-Serbia border.

“When I was standing at the border fence today, I felt the entire system is designed to keep people, many of whom are fleeing war and persecution, out of the country,” he added.

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However, in another Breibart article (September 16, 2017) there is strong evidence that the measures Hungary have taken have been extremely successful:

Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 per cent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis.

Speaking on the second anniversary of the government’s move to seal Hungary’s border with Serbia — which is also an external border for the European Union — Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Chief Security Advisor, György Bakondi, announced that the fences have caused illegal immigration to collapse from 391,000 in 2015, to 18,236 in 2016, to just 1,184 in 2017.

“The system of technical barriers is the key to the success of border security, and without it, it would be impossible to stop the mass arrival of immigrants”, the security chief explained.

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Now, the views of Hungary and the UN are diametrically opposed, so who is right? In my opinion it is the right of every nation state to take what actions it deems necessary to protect its citizens, whether that country is in the EU or outside of it, and in this case Hungary has been extremely successful.

Here is what a popular provincial mayor – Laszlo Toroczkai – has done to protect his economically-disadvantaged local community on the Hungarian border after it was overwhelmed by migrants and the people smugglers coordinating them.

How Hungary Cut Illegal Immigration By Over 99%