Echoing U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s “America First” rallying cry, conservative Prime Minister Orbán has hit out at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel who said that Central European countries would be forced to accept migrants in terms described by Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party as “extortion”.
“The presidency of Fidesz has discussed yesterday the announcement of the Belgian Prime Minister, that they will – if necessary with force – obligate Central European countries, including Hungary, to accept migrants,” the Hungarian Prime Minister said in a Facebook video on Wednesday.
“According to their plan, this will happen in June at the summit of the prime ministers in Brussels.
“Our presidency has taken a stand: we cannot give in to extortion. For us, Hungary is first.
“We will fight those who want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe.”
In an interview with Belgian news site Le Soir, Prime Minister Michel spoke about sending “an ultimatum” to the Visegrád countries which “reject solidarity”.
The ultimatum would be that if a consensus is not reached at the June European Council, then planned reforms would be adopted with a qualified majority vote which would overrule dissenters (other anti-mass migration, pro-sovereignty nations).
In response to Michel’s comments, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said, “Hungary will not become an immigrant country, has never admitted, and will never admit illegal immigrants” at a press conference on Tuesday.
Szijjártó added that the Belgian Prime Minister’s comments were “shocking” and “outrageous”, because “this is the first time that people in Brussels are openly planning to push the mandatory resettlement quota through by force while totally ignoring the will of certain EU member states.”
“Hungary has never admitted and will never admit illegal immigrants, irrespective of whether there is any pressure in this direction along the borders or from Brussels,” he declared….
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