Hun­gary’s leader says fences will stop Mus­lim mi­gra­tion

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Euro­pean Union lead­ers and Hun­gar­ian-Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros are seek­ing a “new, mixed, Mus­lim­ized Europe,” Hun­gary’s an­timi­gra­tion prime min­is­ter said yes­ter­day. Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban said dur­ing a visit to Ro­ma­nia that Hun­gary’s bor­der fences, sup­ported by other Cen­tral Euro­pean coun­tries, are the bar­ri­ers to the EU-Soros ef­fort to in­crease Mus­lim mi­gra­tion.

Or­ban also said that while Hun­gary op­posed tak­ing in mi­grants “who could change the coun­try’s cul­tural iden­tity,” he said that un­der his lead­er­ship Hun­gary would re­main a place where “Western Euro­pean Chris­tians will al­ways be able to find se­cu­rity.” Or­ban, who will seek a fourth term as prime min­is­ter in April 2018, said Hun­gary’s op­po­si­tion par­ties were no match for his gov­ern­ment.

“In the up­com­ing cam­paign, first of all we have to con­front ex­ter­nal pow­ers,” Or­ban said at a cul­tural fes­ti­val in Baile Tus­nad, Ro­ma­nia. “We have to stand our ground against the Soros mafia net­work and the Brus­sels bu­reau­crats. And, dur­ing the next nine months, we will have to fight against the me­dia they op­er­ate.”

Soros has be­come a key tar­get of Or­ban and his gov­ern­ment. Re­cent leg­is­la­tion seeks to close or ex­pel the Bu­dapest-based Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­sity, founded by Soros in 1991. There are also new rules about non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions funded at least partly from abroad. Crit­ics say that the new reg­u­la­tions stig­ma­tize the NGOs, many of which are backed by Soros’ Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tions, and are meant to dele­git­imize them.

‘Mi­grant in­va­sion’

Or­ban re­it­er­ated his charge that Soros-funded NGOs want to weaken Hun­gary’s se­cu­rity with their ad­vo­cacy for asy­lum-seek­ers, while Hun­gary had man­aged to stop the “mi­grant in­va­sion” with the fences pro­tected by ra­zor-wire built on the bor­ders of Ser­bia and Croatia. A re­cently ended anti-Soros bill­board and poster cam­paign was crit­i­cized by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional Jewish groups for its anti-Semitic over­tones.

Asked about choos­ing be­tween US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, Or­ban ini­tially an­swered with a joke about a Pole be­ing asked in the com­mu­nist era to choose be­tween Hitler and Stalin. “He an­swered that he chooses Mar­lene Di­et­rich,” Or­ban said with a laugh. “What I want to say with this is that you can’t give a good an­swer to a bad ques­tion.”

Or­ban first ex­pressed his sup­port for Trump, then a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, a year ago at the same event in Ro­ma­nia, while Putin has vis­ited Hun­gary twice in two years. Hun­gary is ex­pand­ing its en­ergy ties with Moscow, in­clud­ing Rus­sia’s con­struc­tion of new re­ac­tors at Hun­gary’s only nu­clear power plant.

Or­ban said “Hun­gar­ian in­ter­ests” would be the “guid­ing star” of the coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy, not “Trump, Putin or (Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela) Merkel.” Or­ban said Hun­gary’s low birth rate made the coun­try an “en­dan­gered species,” and that the gov­ern­ment was us­ing taxes on multi­na­tional com­pa­nies in Hun­gary to fund so­cial poli­cies and spur fam­i­lies to have more chil­dren. —AP

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