With less than a month to go before the referendum in Hungary—called out by that country’s government to test public opinion on the European Union’s plan to “resettle” invaders forcibly throughout the EU—the “no” vote seems set for a massive win.
The implications of this vote will be far-reaching and will place Hungary on a seemingly insoluble collision course with the EU—which could even have major repercussions for that country’s continued membership of the bloc.
The government of Viktor Orban has used the resources of the state to drive home the anti-invasion message, with billboards, advertisements on state television, and leaflets delivered by mail to every household in the country.
By way of contrast, the “yes” campaign—supported by the “reformed” communist party of Hungary (now calling itself the Hungarian Socialist Party, or MSZP) and other smaller pro-invasion parties—has to rely on private financing for its campaign.
The government’s campaign has been very direct: the advertisements and leaflets are themed on a “Did you know” type message. Some examples:
“Did you know? Since the start of the immigration crisis, over 300 people in Europe died in terror attacks.”
“Did you know? Just from Libya, nearly a million immigrants want to come to Europe.”
The government also says the resettlement in Hungary of large numbers of invaders will “destroy Hungarian communities and culture.”
The referendum question is “Do you want the European Union to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary even without the consent of Parliament?”
The referendum—to be held on October 2, the same day as the new Austrian presidential election—forms part of the Hungarian government’s campaign against the EU’s immigration policies. A court case is currently pending in Brussels on the issue as well, submitted by representatives of the Visegrad 4 nations.
The clash became inevitable when the EU Commission—the EU’s executive—decided that the mass Third World invasion currently underway had to be “distributed evenly” throughout the EU Member States.
Hungary—and other countries—argue that they did not cause the mass invasion, and those nations which have encouraged the nonwhites to come to Europe should have to bear the cost and problem of hosting them.
The most likely result of the referendum—a large “no” vote—and the subsequent refusal of the Hungarian government to “take in” its “allocated share” of invaders, will probably result in sanctions by the EU.
This clash is inevitable, and the only real question is how far it will lead to breaking down the structure of the European Union itself.
Orban’s government is also using the referendum as a way of boosting his own party’s standing among the Hungarian electorate, which has been steadily slipping since his 2014 election victory. In that election, Orban’s Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority in parliament.
However, successive by-elections have whittled down this majority, and Orban is using the invasion issue as a way of drawing votes from the nationalist Jobbik party.