Hungary’s Orban to EU: “You condemn us because we are not a nation of migrants”

The EU is in the process of deliberations on whether to strip Hungary of “key” EU rights because of that country’s policies on immigration. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban delivered a “fiery speech to European lawmakers in Strasbourg,” stating that he will not give in to EU “blackmail.”

Orban accused the “pro-migrant majority” of having “already made up their minds” to invoke the European Union Treaty’s Article 7 against Hungary, for its treatment of migrants and minorities

Orban has long argued that he does not see the multitude of Muslim migrants who entered Europe as refugees, but as “economic migrants,” since they deliberately “journey to richer western European countries….while passing through less wealthy countries.” He also stated:

We believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite.

The daily headlines are filled with news of no-go zones (many likened to war zones), sharia patrols and crimes, assaults and jihad attacks directly related to the Muslim migrant influx. Orban’s warning about parallel Muslim societies has already come true in the UK, where over 85 Sharia courts are in operation. Orban has remained steady on his views about Muslim migration, unlike Angela Merkel, who has flip-flopped to suit her political agenda at various times. Recently news emerged about another surprising U-turn by EU President Jean-Claude Juncker, who has backed a 10,000-strong border force to crack down on illegal immigration.

You condemn us because we are not a nation of migrants,’ Orban tells EU before sanctions vote,” RT, September 11, 2018:

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a fiery speech to European lawmakers in Strasbourg, before they began deliberations on suspending the country’s key EU rights due to his government’s policies.

Orban accused the “pro-migrant majority” of having “already made up their minds” to invoke the European Union Treaty’s Article 7 against Hungary, for its treatment of migrants and minorities, and the ruling party purported abuse of the law and suppression of media freedoms.

“Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing, Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and – if needed – we will stand up to you,” said Orban, who was re-elected with an overwhelming majority in April.

“Hungary is going to be condemned because the Hungarian people have decided that this country is not going to be a country of migrants.”

Calling the proceedings an “insult” to his nation, Orban called Hungary the “defender of Europe” and spoke of its “different view on Christianity in Europe, the role of nations and national culture.”

“These differences cannot be a reason to brand any country and be excluded from joint decisions. We would never go as far as to silence those that do not agree with us,” said the Hungarian prime minister, as the majority of the chamber sat in silence, while his mostly Euroskeptic supporters cheered.

Article 7 is applied if an EU member state presents a “systemic threat” to the bloc’s values, which Hungary was adjudged to have done in a report by Green MEP Judith Sargentini earlier this year, and could result in Budapest losing its voting representation in various European bodies, becoming a pariah state in the union.

It requires for two-thirds of MEPs to vote in favor of accepting the report on Wednesday, after European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his annual State of the Union speech.

This is considered likely, but all the other EU nations would then need to agree unanimously to punish Budapest. Such consensus has never been achieved, meaning that Article 7 has never been implemented, and is not likely this time either.

Hungary has vowed to veto the application of similar sanctions to Poland, under its own investigation, and at least Warsaw will likely return the favor…..

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