Orban: Political fistfight in Brussels over migration

European Union leaders saw eye to eye on the importance of border protection and preventing illegal migrants from entering the EU, but there continues to be disagreement on such issues as resettlement and immigration, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in the early hours of Friday, summing up the first day of the EU summit in Brussels.

Orban said in a video message posted on Facebook that talks had been “a political fistfight”. He insisted that “still there are too many [countries], big and strong, that do not want to stop migration but rather help migrants get into Europe before distributing them on a mandatory basis. They are trying to resettle strangers – migrants – in Hungary, despite our express wish against it.”

He went on to say that “Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenians and we [Hungarians] did well in the battle” and “held on to our positions, but we could not convince our adversaries”. He added, however, that “the dispute is not over” and would resume in March.

Friday morning, Orban told journalists that he successfully represented Hungary’s position in the lengthy, serious and interesting debate about Jerusalem. According to the Prime Minister, the EU doesn’t necessarily have to take a stance on the issue following the American decision. He said that a compromise was reached in the debate, according to which the EU should maintain its position on the Middle East. Orban added that any other interpretations or further conclusions regarding their decision are false.

Before the meeting on Friday, Orban posted another video message, in which he spoke about the topics of the day: Brexit and the future of the common currency.

Source: MTI, Hungary Journal, Facebook
Photo: MTI

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