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BUDAPEST – Europe has the ability to stop the flow of migrants reaching the continent but its leaders have no plans to do so, Hungary’s prime minister declared Sunday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been at the forefront of those rejecting the refugees and asylum-seekers flooding into Europe due to conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hungary last year built razor-wire fences on its borders with Serbia and Croatia to stop the migrants from freely entering the country — moves that altered the flow of migrants across Europe.
“It is bad enough that Brussels cannot organize Europe’s defense, but worse is that even the intention is missing,” Orban said in his annual speech about the state of the country.
Orban described the EU response to the migrant crisis as “absurd” and compared EU leadership to the captain of a ship about to collide who spends time “designating the non-smoking lifeboats instead of trying to avoid the collision.”
“Europe’s future is endangered primarily not by those who want to come here, but by those political, economic and intellectual leaders who are trying to transform Europe in opposition to the European people,” Orban said, blaming German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming response to refugees as one of the factors responsible for the crisis.
Orban said he had asked his interior and defense ministers to prepare to build new defenses on the Romanian border.
Orban declared that mass migration was a “danger” that put at risk Hungary’s achievements of the last few years and was not an answer to Europe’s problems.
“We cannot solve the demographic problems of the undeniably dwindling and aging European population with the Muslim world without losing our lifestyle, security and ourselves,” Orban said. “Those coming here have no intention of adapting to our lifestyle.”
Brussels must be stopped,” Orban said. “We can’t allow them to force us … to import the bitter fruits of their mistaken immigration policies. We don’t want to and won’t import crime, terrorism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism into Hungary.”
Hungary has sued Brussels over the refugee quota plan and Orban said this week that the government was hoping to hold a national referendum on any further EU attempts to impose migrant quotas.
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