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Hungary acknowledges ECJ decision on migrant quotas but will keep up the struggle to defend national competences

Past Wednesday, the European Court of Justice rejected Hungary’s and Slovakia’s challenge to the European Council’s decision on a compulsory migrant resettlement quota. While the ruling was not a total surprise it represents a dangerous precedent, goes against the will of European citizens and exemplifies the way in which EU institutions usurp powers that rightfully belong to the Member States. While Hungary acknowledges the decision, we will continue to oppose efforts to take away from the Member States what is a national competence, the authority to decide on immigration matters.

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and…

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Editorial September 13, 2017

Migration

Why the referendum in Hungary?

The Orbán government has openly campaigned for a No vote in the October 2 referendum on whether the EU should be able to “mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary” without approval of the national assembly. The government believes strongly that matters of migration and citizenship must remain the competence of individual member countries, not the Union.

Critics, as expected, have labeled the referendum as the first step in a Hungarian “Brexit.” On the contrary, Prime Minister Orbán has been unequivocal about the country’s support for the European Union. It was, in large part, Orbán’s government that…

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András Gyürk September 29, 2016

Migration

The Deliberate Misinterpretation of Hungary’s Referendum on Migration

As EU and UK leaders struggle to determine next steps following the Brexit referendum, we see a new story emerging, a tale heavy with political spin. A number of sources have been trying to paint the coming referendum in Hungary on the EU’s migration policy as a “Huxit,” they couldn’t be further from the truth.

Hungary’s referendum – now scheduled to take place October 2 – has nothing to do with leaving the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has spoken unequivocally about the government’s support for a strong EU, and stated quite publicly his hope that the United Kingdom would…

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András Gyürk July 19, 2016

Migration

Failing to take tough decisions

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, France activated its highest state of alert. President François Hollande, a Socialist, summoned his cabinet and then joined the mourners. Thousands of police were activated but the national dragnet missed the perpetrators. No one resigned from the cabinet, police or intelligence services in the aftermath.

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium activated its highest state of alert. PM Charles Michel of the liberal Mouvement Réformateur summoned his cabinet and then joined the mourners. Thousands of police were activated but the national dragnet missed the perpetrators. No one resigned from the Liberal cabinet, police…

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András Gyürk April 12, 2016

Migration

The Reason Behind Hungary’s Migrant Resettlement Referendum

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced February 24 that Hungary will hold a referendum on mandatory migrant resettlement quotas.

The referendum will ask, “Do you agree that the European Union should have the power to impose the compulsory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of the National Assembly of Hungary?”

The Socialist president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, wasted little time in denouncing the decision, calling it “populist and nationalist” in an interview he gave to Euronews. He argued that the figure in place for Hungary, according to the current plan, is around 1,300 people. Others asserted that…

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András Gyürk March 16, 2016

Migration

Taboos are sinking Europe

The attacks against women that took place on New Year’s Eve at the Cologne Central Station – and, as it turned out, also in other cities around Europe – sent a shock through Europe in more than one way. Mass sexual harassment, arrogant migrant perpetrators, an arrogant mayor blaming the victims, a (self?) censoring media. These are symptoms of Europe failing because it refuses to face reality. Fixing Europe starts with dropping taboos. 

The scandal around the Cologne attacks is now familiar to many. As a Hungarian politician, it would be too easy to say: “We told you so.”…

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Editorial January 27, 2016