The campaign for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections officially kicked off with a rally in downtown Budapest led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Minister of Justice László Trócsányi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and MEP József Szájer.
“Will Europe remain European or will we give way to the masses coming from other cultures?” PM Orbán Viktor asked in his speech, adding that “we will decide whether we protect our Christian European culture or give way to multiculturalism.” The prime minister also presented his seven-point action plan to be set in motion after the elections, which calls for decision-making authority on the topic of migration to be taken away from the European Commission and given to a council of Interior Ministers of the Member States (read more here).
“Europe is at crossroads, our responsibility is historic,” Justice Minister László Trócsányi, the leader of the Fidesz-KDNP EP list, said at the rally. The minister said that European institutions today have moved away from the citizens of the Union: EU decisions are often far from reality and in practice unenforceable. While we believe, said Minister Trócsányi, in the fundamental values of the European Union, such as the free movement of goods and capital, he added that these values should be preserved as they contribute to Europe’s unity.
FM Péter Szijjártó recalled the memory of 2015, when almost 400 thousand illegal immigrants marched across the country, violated Hungary’s borders and sovereignty, and trampled on Hungarian and European rules. European bureaucrats and politicians – who have always wanted to punish ‘renegade’ countries that want to preserve their national identity, their cultural, religious and historical heritage – have also been involved in the implementation of the plan. “Brussels will do its utmost to make the provisions of the migration package legally binding and to make decisions instead of us about who we let in and who we live with, disregarding the right of Hungarians to live in peace and quiet in their own country,” Minister Szijjártó said.
In his brief address, Fidesz MEP and EPP Vice-President József Szájer said that Europe cannot be strong if its nations are weak and urged that it is time to return to the free cooperation of equal, European nations, something that had already led to great success. Although it is the main enemy of cooperation and equality, Some of today’s EU leaders institutionalize double standards and undermine public trust in the Union, said Szájer, undermining cooperation and equality.