The European Parliament elections set for May 2019 could be “fatefully decisive” and a chance for the European people to state their opinions on the issue of immigration, like those in Hungary already have, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a press conference in Budapest this past week.
According to a statement released on the official website of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Orbán said that “so far the only country in which people have had a chance to state their opinions on the issue of immigration is Hungary, while people in other European countries have not had the opportunity to do so. Therefore,” he said, “the elections to the European Parliament in May will be a great opportunity for Europeans to voice their opinions.”
Orbán said that Hungary’s goal is for anti-immigration forces to form a majority in every institution within the EU’s institutional system: first in the European Parliament (EP); later in the European Commission; and later still – after national parliamentary elections – in the European Council.
The Prime Minister described another goal as being that after the EP elections his Fidesz-KDNP alliance will become the most successful parliamentary party, both within the European People’s Party (EPP) and in Europe as a whole.
In his view, migration will not simply be the main issue in the EP elections, but an issue which will transform the whole of European politics from its foundations upward.
“The conventional division of parties into those of the Right and of the Left will be replaced with a division between those which are pro-immigration and those which are anti-immigration,” he said, “and the debate on migration is also reshaping our approach to Christianity and elevating the protection of Christian culture almost to the level of a political obligation.”
According to Orbán, the debate on immigration is likewise reshaping the debate on sovereignty, as the supporters of immigration do not respect the decisions of those who do not want to take in migrants.
He said that migration will be the greatest and most fatefully decisive issue of the next fifteen to twenty years in Europe, as the population growth in Africa and Asia is outpacing the capacity of those continents to sustain such populations.
The Prime Minister stressed that Hungary can pride itself on having been the first country to prove that migration on land can be stopped, and for a long time not a single maritime country had tried to do the same.
“Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini was the first to claim that this is possible,” said the Prime Minister, “and I therefore see Mr. Salvini as a hero, for whom I wish much success.”
On the topic of recent discussions between Salvini and Poland’s Peace and Justice Party government, Orbán said that the “Polish-Italian axis” was a “most magnificent development,” and one for which he has high hopes.
He went on to say that migration has already profoundly changed the future of Europe, and that now there are countries where a mixed civilization is already an inevitability, with the issue of co-existence being the only one that can be discussed.
In Western Europe migration is already an issue of co-existence, he explained; but that is not yet the case in Central Europe, where the debate is about how to prevent the development of a situation like the one now seen in Western Europe.
Orbán stressed that the two regions have completely different concerns, and that migration has driven them far apart from each other. Now, he said, the question is how, having chosen such different futures, they can remain united.
He predicted that today’s unitary European civilization will be replaced with two different civilizations: a mixed civilization building its future on the co-existence of Islam and Christianity; and the Central European people, “who continue to envisage Europe as a Christian civilization.”
He said that migration is dismantling the structure of the European Union, as the debate on immigration also lies behind Brexit. In the Prime Minister’s view, every liberal democrat is also a supporter of immigration.
In the context of Hungarian-German relations, he pointed out that bilateral relations and relations between Fidesz and Germany’s CDU/CSU governing coalition are seen as being of special value.
Cooperation with Germany has always been a priority goal of Hungarian foreign policy, he noted, and there is a need for a deep and sincere relationship; today, however, such a relationship does not exist, because the German political elite does not respect the decision of the Hungarian people to reject the prospect of Hungary becoming an immigrant country.
He added that Germany is pressuring Hungary to follow the path it has set out on – a path which Hungary does not want to follow. As a result, he said, there can be no compromise.
In response to the observation that there have been demonstrations against right of center, anti-immigration governments not only in Budapest but also in Belgrade, Vienna, Warsaw and Rome, he said that pro-immigration forces sponsored by George Soros which are preparing for the EP elections are engaged in protests everywhere and will continue to do so, but “this is the nature of this particular sport”.
The Prime Minister said that “The campaign has started, there are demonstrations, programs are being outlined […] we are in the campaign phase, and this is how it will be until May”.
In answer to questions concerning the recent amendment to the Labor Code—being used by the demonstrators as an excuse, and given great prominence by the controlled media in the west, Orbán said that the amendment had been necessary because today the problem facing very many – primarily small and medium-sized – businesses which want their employees to work overtime is that they have to find loopholes in the law in order to do so. He said that the current measure “gives workers freedom”, seeks to remedy this situation, and hopefully will do so.
He pointed out that people will receive their pay as previously at the end of every month, and if they agree to work overtime they can clarify the terms and conditions in advance. The legislative amendment offers a possibility, he said: some will take advantage of it, and others will not, but the law itself is good.