Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is not winning friends in Brussels and the United States.
During a commemoration of a 1956 anti-Communist uprising, Orban blasted the EU’s open door migration policy and stood firm on Hungary’s commitment to defend its borders against the mass migration that Merkel is using to destabilize the European Union.
Orban spoke to a crowd of thousands…
“People who love their freedom must save Brussels from Sovietization, from people who want to tell us who we should live with in our countries.”
“We want to be a European nation not a nationality within Europe.”
“As heirs to 1956 we cannot allow Europe to cut the roots that made it great and helped us survive the Soviet suppression. There is no free Europe without nation states and thousands of years of wisdom from Christianity.”
“We must close the border to stop the mass migration that flows from the south.”
Along with other ex-Communist countries in eastern Europe, Hungary opposes a policy that would require all EU states to take in some of the hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim migrants seeking asylum in the bloc after arriving last year.
Orban has led resistance to the stance taken by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has said EU states have an obligation to share the burden of taking in refugees.
He responded to the influx last year by sealing Hungary’s southern borders with a razor-wire fence and deploying thousands of soldiers and police.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, the guest of honor at the commemoration, spoke to the crowds, voicing Poland’s support of Orban’s anti-migration stance.
“You can count on Poland, we march together in the toughest moments.”
“Two countries which were built on Christian foundations and are now free in the unified Europe.”
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