Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says Europe needs a single army to strengthen its safety and stability, and the idea needs to be considered through the optics of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, as migration from Asia and Africa is growing.
At Tusnádfürdő on Saturday, during his speech on the closing day of the 27th Bálványos Summer Free University and Student Camp, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated that “Europe’s current political leadership has failed; fundamental changes are required to re-establish European security”.
In the Hungarian Prime Minister’s view, “Europe’s current political leadership has failed because the EU has lost its global role and has become a regional player, and is incapable of protecting its own citizens and its own external borders”. He continued by saying that “In September, when Europe’s leaders gather in Bratislava, the current elite will be doing everything they can to defend their stance. At this meeting the states of Central Europe must represent the standpoint that fundamental changes are required in Europe”.
In his speech to the several thousand-strong crowd gathered in front of the open-air stage, the Hungarian PM explained that “Amid the immigration crisis, the terrorist attacks and the British withdrawal from the EU, day by day in Europe fear is growing and citizens have the overwhelming feeling that the future is uncertain”. He added that “There is a crisis of the elite and of democracy in Europe and in the Western world. In Europe the leaders of the right and the left have always come from the same circles, the same schools and the same elite, and this is something which everyone took for granted while they were able to guarantee increasing prosperity in Europe while competing with each other and holding power in rotation with each other”.
“However, the economic crisis has seen the emergence of potential political representatives, radicals and populists from outside the usual elite circles”, the Prime Minister continued, also referring to one of the American presidential candidates.
Orban also said on Saturday that NATO is a strong guarantee for peace, but its member states should do more.
“NATO, in the present format, is capable of guaranteeing peace in Europe. (…) Furthermore, NATO is a thing we need, and we must be active members of NATO – this is very clear. The United Kingdom (…) the fifth economy and a nuclear power, has left the EU structures, so I think that, for this reason, we should think very seriously to building a common army in the community area; but we need a true army, with a single common language (…) and orders given in one language (…) an army in substance, not in form,” the prime minister said, “and God forbid we need to use it.”
In the context, he added that member states should seriously consider amending their budgets to allocate more to military research and to defence.
Orban also came up with the idea of a joint military force of the four countries of the Visegrad Group – Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia. “We want to have a joint armed force of the Visegrad states; we need to have this courage, and the armies of the four states must hold joint exercises. (…) This shouldn’t mean competition with the common army of European states,” he explained.
Europe is now “weakened” and unable to manage migration, according to Orban, and the migration trend will continue as population is significantly growing in Asia and Africa. He mentioned Hungary’s referendum on immigrant quotas this fall, and called Hungarian citizens abroad to participate and vote ‘no,’ allowing the government in Budapest to have a strong mandate for decisions in Brussels.
Hungary’s Viktor Orban shares Donald Trump’s views on terrorism
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he shares some views of the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States on the ways to curb terrorism, and wants them implemented in Europe.
At the summer university in Romania dedicated to Hungary’s relations with ethnic Hungarians, Orban denied campaigning for Trump and asserted he never believed he would share the American presidential hopeful’s ideas, but some of them might provide a solution to make Europe safe again.
With regard to Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s view on the steps needed to defeat terrorism, Mr. Orbán said he could not have put it better himself. In accord with Mr. Trump’s proposals for the United States, he declared that “We must turn Europe’s national secret services and their cooperation into the world’s most effective secret service system, and we must stop ‘exporting democracy’”.
“If we continue to subordinate stability to building democracy in regions where its chances of success are extremely doubtful, then we will not be building democracy, but we will instead be creating instability”, he stressed.
He also mentioned the need for stability in Turkey, which according to him is Hungarians’ greatest expectation from that country. If Turkey becomes unstable, all its serious problems will flow to Western Europe, the Hungarian PM warned.
Hungarian civic organisations adopt joint declaration against migrant quotas
Representatives of several civic organisations and parties of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin, gathered at the Summer University in Baile Tusnad, Romania signed on Saturday a joint declaration against migration quotas and sustaining the right of each EU state to manage migration on its own.
The declaration was read by Hungarian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Zsolt Nemeth. It echoed a statement of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban who called Hungarian citizens abroad to vote against migrant quotas in Hungary’s referendum this autumn.
The document criticizes the “wrong migration policy” of Brussels and expresses concern over the future of Europe; it alleges an obvious direct connection exists between migration and terrorism.
“The European leaders pretend they do not understand, or actually do not understand or deny a relation between migration and terrorism, and see the only solution of these problems in settling immigrants in EU member states. To us, the future of Europe is very important; we want to have the right to decide on our own future, on whom we live with and whom we won’t live with,” Nemeth is quoted in the translation to Romanian provided by the organisers.
PM Orban mentioned a European poll showing 60 per cent of responses linking terrorism to migration, and qualifying mass migration as a threat to national cultures.
“We must steel our will, (…) build fences, stop the people who attempt to enter illegally. (…) Believe me, our defence with stuffed toys is impossible, we must face it,” Orban said.