Novak demands an apology from Swedish minister

Hungarian Secretary of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Katalin Novak wrote a letter to Swedish Minister for Social Affairs Annika Strandhall, after the left-wing politician compared Hungary’s pro-family action plan to Nazi Germany.

As we have reported earlier, Annika Strandhall tweeted on Monday that Hungary’s “alarming” policies were “reeking of the 1930’s”. She suggested the Hungarian prime minister, who she said seeks to promote the birth of “more true Hungarian” babies, was a “right-wing populist trying to obscure the consequences of those policies to the independence women have fought for”. On Thursday, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said that “Hungary spends money on families rather than migrants”. On Friday, Swedish ambassador Niclas Trouvé was summoned to the MFA.

In her letter, published by Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap on Saturday, Novak “firmly rejected” Strandhall’s accusations. She writes that she was “shocked to learn that on Twitter you claimed that the family protection action plan announced last Sunday by Prime Minister Viktor Orban recalls Germany’s thirties, and that our government exploits Hungarian women”. 

“We respect the decision of the Swedish government that you consider the integration of immigrants and their family reunification a top priority and that migration is your answer to the demographic challenges,”

Novak stresses, adding that “even if we do not share your approach, we respect the right of Swedish citizens to democratically choose their political leaders and the government’s freedom to take internal decisions in a democratic way. That is what we offer and require from our partners”.

“In Hungary, we believe in strong families as the basis of our community. We have driven family-friendly governance and gained two-third parliamentary majority three times in a row at democratic general elections. Hungarian citizens have many times expressed they will and entitled us to stop illegal migration at our borders, not to let in a mass of economic migrants but instead empower Hungarian women and men to be able to have as many children as they wish to and have them as soon as they wish to,”

Novak writes.

She also asks Strandhall whether she’s concerned about the forming co-operation between the Hungarian socialists and the right-wing Jobbik party.

In her letter, Novak insists that Strandhall apologises.

Source: Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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