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Orban defines migrants as “Muslim invaders”

The EU leaders will be forced to respect public opposition to mass #migration and concern over terrorism threats in 2018, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after meeting in Bavaria, Germany.

Meeting the Christian Social Union (CSU)’s parliamentary group in Bavaria, the Hungarian leader told reporters that #migration has become a “problem” for democracy in Europe because “leaders in many places are not doing what the people want them to.”

“Europeans have a clear will,” Orbán said during joint press conference. “They don’t want to live under the threat of terrorism, they want security, they want their borders to be protected.”

“I told our Bavarian friends that I believe 2018 will be the year of the restoration of the will of the people in Europe,” he said.

Orban said that he can only speak for the Hungarian people, and they don’t want any migration.  “In my understanding, it’s not possible for the people to have a will on a fundamental issue and for the government not to comply with it.”

He denied that most refugees come to Europe because they are fleeing dangerous conditions at home, but because they want to take advantage of economic opportunities.


Immigration policy will shape elections in Hungary

Hungarian voters will decide in next year’s elections whether they will remain a “free nation” protecting their cultural heritage or join those who are eroding Europe’s traditional values by supporting immigration and integration, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

Orban has clashed with fellow European Union leaders over his rejection of deeper cooperation among the bloc’s members and refusal to shelter migrants. The target of international criticism for democratic backsliding, he has kicked off his campaign to win a third consecutive term by lashing out at foreign forces he says are trying to undermine Hungary. Among the major targets for criticismO have been German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy for refugees and Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros.

“The most important danger is the debate between globalists and nations,” Orban told a conference of Hungarian diaspora in Budapest on Thursday. “Europe has decided that it can step into a post-Christian and post-nation world.” Immigration policy will be a key factor shaping the vote, said Orban, who has built a fence along parts of Hungary’s southern border to prevent an inflow of refugees. Hungary has joined with Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic refusing to conduct open door policy for migrants from third countries.

Unlike some other countries, Hungary doesn’t want immigration to solve its demographic problems of an aging population or labor shortage, Orban said. Instead, he will focus on family-friendly policies to increase the population.

Soros declares Hungary ‘Orban mafia state’

In this live-streamed event, George Soros delivered the keynote speech at the Brussels Economic Forum, the flagship annual economic event of the European Commission. The Brussels Economic Forum brings together top European and international policymakers, opinion leaders, and civil society and business leaders, to take stock of economic developments, identify key challenges, and debate policy priorities.

This year’s forum focuses on the pathways to enhanced cohesion, integration, and prosperity in the European Union. Europe is at a crossroads. George Soros speaks about the way forward.

“I am full of admiration for the courageous way the Hungarian people have resisted the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established,” Soros said.

“I’m also encouraged by the energetic way the European institutions have responded to the challenge emanating from Poland and Hungary,” he added.

MEPs imposing migrants on Hungary

According to the MEPs the situation in Hungary justifies the triggering of the procedure which may result in sanctions for Hungary, MEPs say in a resolution adopted on 17.05.2017:  MEPs see serious deterioration of rule of law and democracy; Controversial laws must be suspended or withdrawn; EU funds for Hungary under surveillance.

Wrapping up a previous plenary debate, MEPs say that Hungary’s current fundamental rights situation justifies launching the formal procedure to determine whether there is a “clear risk of a serious breach” of EU values by a Member State. The resolution calls for the launching of Article 7(1). MEPs instruct the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to draw up a formal resolution for a plenary vote; the Hungarian Government to repeal laws tightening rules against asylum-seekers and non-governmental organisations, and to reach an agreement with the US authorities, making it possible for Central European University to remain in Budapest as a free institution; the European Commission to strictly monitor the use of EU funds by the Hungarian Government.

The MEPs insist that the recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights which is testing the EU’s ability to defend its founding values, MEPs say. They also repeated the need for a process to safeguard the EU’s core values supported in the resolution of 25 October 2016.

The resolution was adopted by 393 votes to 221 with 64 abstentions.

Orban to give up to Soros pressure

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban informed the EU’s center-right political group   that his government would reconsider measures that were perceived by his own political family as an ‘attack on academic freedom.’ The pressure on Orban mounted after the visit of US financial wizard and philantropist George Soros to the European Commission.

“Prime Minister Orban committed himself in the EPP council to follow and implement all the demands of the European Commission within the deadline set by the Commission,” a spokesman of the European People’s Party (EPP) told reporters.

While emphasizing that the government does not want to close the CEU, Orban’s spokesman Bertalan Havasi told the Hungarian state news agency MTI the university should not “enjoy special privileges” even if the Hungarian government is ready to cooperate with the Commission. The major request to the foreign establishments is transparency, according to Orban copied from the US legislation.

Farage invites Orban to join EU Exit Club

Anna van Densky, Brussels,  European Parliament.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban faces the fury of Brussels for rejection of the EU resettlement plan of the flows of migrants (in the version of the Commission just a thousand ‘refugees’), and coping of the US transparency rules for foreign NGO. In a debate with the Members of the European Parliament Orban had hardly a chance to be heard at the face of pressure from the major EU political groups, imposing their migrant policy on Hungarian people in spite of the referendum  rejecting the ‘open doors’.

The entire debate with a few exceptions was devoted to the castigating of Orban’s government, and him personally for declining to obey to the EU concept of welcoming the illegal migrants.

Not a minor place took the debate on the Central European University funded by the US financial wizard and philanthropist George Soros. MEPs have criticized Orban for rejecting the Hungarian youth to have the same chance he had, profiting from Soros grant to study in Oxford. According to the Hungarian side it is not about closure of the University, but making its activities more transparent, Orban underlined that in many of the EU member states the foreign-funded universities are banned. There are no Soros-funded universities in France and Germany, the EU founding members, and  the rules on functioning of foreign educational establishment in the EU on average are more strict than the current transparency laws touching all the Hungarian Universities, including Soros one.

In response  Orban had to remind that the Hungarian government ‘observes Schengen Treaty’, protecting its borders from illegal migrants, and thus protecting Germany, Austria and Sweden, the member-states the illegal migrant are targeting as their destinations. The entire situation, according to Orban, is in contradiction with the Schengen Treaty, prescribing the migrants to stay in the first safe country, but not chosing a one up to their taste.

Orban aslo blamed his opponents an attempt to ‘slice up European People’s Party as salami’ while provoking  an argument. He pointed to the other EU countries for not following  the migrants resettlement plans, although they are not so vocal about it as Hungary is: “They (the EU member-states) do not object, but they do not implement these relocation plans.”

Orban also rebuffed the accusation of profiting from the EU cohesion funds, insisting that those who invest in Hungary enjoy profit: “This money is not a gift to us, those who provide funds enjoy income”.

However ‘thankful’ to MEP Nigel Farage for a proposal to join the “Exit Club” Orban said to @BrusselsDiplomatic “Hungary is not an island, like the UK, and its density lies within the European continent. 70% of the population supports the EU, making our nation one of the most eurocentric on the continent.”



Tusk: will EU humiliate Poland?


Brussels. Talking to the EU journalists ahead of the Summit in Brussels,  Prime Minister Beata Szydlo made clear that any pressure on Poland, even if in minority opposing over Donald Tusk second mandate as the president of the European Council , is unacceptable. Anyway it does not comply with the tradition of taking decisions in consensus, while respecting minority is one of the fundamental European values.

The argument over the candidacy of Donald Tusk for the second mandate imprints the Summit as real suspense, everything it should not be in view of the 60 anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, presumably organised to demonstrate to the rest of the world the unity of EU27, without the UK. However, instead of unity the EU opts for pressures and collisions, creating further cracks in the already shaken by Brexit project.

The position of the majority of states is similar to expressed by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (pictured), who said ahead of the Summit: “We are not discussing personality of Donald Tusk, but supporting the European People’s party candidate.”

Clearly, Poland finds itself in isolation, and can be overruled overwhelmingly, however the deepening of the conflict between EU26 versus Poland will cause a long-term turbulence. So far Polish have been loyal to the EU project, it is up Brussels to demonstrate if Polish loyalty is precious in times of calamity, when Brittons are preparing to start the procedure of triggering Article 50. The question is if Donald Tusk second mandate is worth of humiliating the government of one of the biggest and at most loyal to EU member state?  (Continuation follows).

Anna van Densky, from the Justus Lips building


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