Viktor Orbán vows “life and death battle” with Brussels over refugee crisis

September 12, 2016


How MTI, the state-run news agency, reported the annual Fidesz picnic and chin-wag held in Kötcse over the weekend:

Standing behind a podium with the question: “Quo vadis, Európa?”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a group of picnic attendees that he counts on having a serious battle in Brussels to change European immigration rules after Hungary’s October 2nd referendum, reports Magyar Idők.

According to the prime minister, the European Commission needs to change its position on the mechanism to resettle refugees, a decision he says has no upper limit, as well as another decision that would increase the number of migrants through relaxed family reunification rules.

“There will be a life and death battle [in Brussels] to change these decisions after October 2nd,” Orbán reportedly said. “I am not sure we will be able to succeed.”

He also said that the October 2nd referendum has nothing to do with party politics, instead it is an issue that has to do with Hungary’s future.

Those who choose to abstain from the referendum must accept the position of those who do vote, he said.

The prime minister likened the problems which have led to the quota referendum as being the result of “a general weakening of civilization.”

While Orbán reaffirmed his intention to see Hungary stay in the European Union, he said the EU must be changed so that its citizens are satisfied with it.

How reported the event

According to, which “leaked” portions of the prime minister’s speech, here’s what else Orbán had to say:

  • “We have fought our most important battles but we cannot put our swords away….The big question is what we will learn to do in times of peace; we must learn to slice bread with our swords.”
  • “The rearrangement taking place in the world today will have serious consequences for Hungary and Europe. In this situation, we Europeans have not yet decided what it is we want to do. We need to answer whether we want to be nations or a united Europe. Do we want families and children, or are unable to decide who is a man and who is a woman? Now, as Europe prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, we must answer the question: do we even have shared values?”
  • “What our opponents represent today has nothing to do with the ideas of great liberals who came before, what is represented today is pure nihilism — and this nihilistic perspective has grabbed on to the world and institutions of the European Union. [This nihilism] is represented by the likes of Juncker, Verhofstadt, and Schultz. Nihilists are in the minority in society, but they have long ago taken over the European elite. As István Csurka once said about SZDSZ – where he precisely hit the essence of the issue – these people do not want to win elections, they want to be the jury, just as the nihilist elite has taken over the position of the jury in the European system of institutions. They are the ones who cast aside debates on values in favor of politically correct lies. As Sarkozy once said, political correctness is nothing less than thought-policing, and, to cite Sarkozy again, it is time for us to rid ourselves of the tyranny of the minority. We need to put the PC values system and its logic in brackets. Strangely, the departure of the Brits from EU provides us an excellent opportunity for reflection; what kind of elite was rejected by a country with 65 million citizens.”
  • On the issue migrant question, Orbán said the two opposing sides stand before an enormous opportunity. “For them, this is a fast-track to the destruction of a Europe based on Christianity and the nation, a complete change to the European Union’s ethnic foundations. They know that the Muslims will never vote for a Christian-based party, so the arrival of groups of Muslims will drive the traditional conservative parties out of power forever. But this war also presents an enormous opportunity for the followers of the Christian nation-states. Our current opportunity is to prevent this migration debate from taking place within the compulsory politically correct structure. Our promising strategy is for the V4, and perhaps Austria soon, to make sure that the elite cannot make a decision without the say of the people, to make sure that [the elite] are forced to ask the people through a referendum.”
  • “This is a difficult situation in Germany, because of the controlled environment, it is currently impossible to speak frankly of the migrant question. We know how this is from [our experiences] with dictatorships, but we must recognize that there are democracies where the freedom of speech is an existential issue, and certain positions are contraindicated.”
  • “I make it clear at European forums that if we want to help, we should help in those places where there really are problems, and even then we should start by first helping the Christians. If Europe wants something good for itself, and it is really considering setting up a European military, then it must rule the Mediterranean Sea as an internal waterway and it must do what the Roman naval captains did, it must sink the empty and unauthorized vessels. Naturally, all the migrants must be rescued, but they should be taken back to Libya where there should be a 2-3 million-person refugee camp. When I speak about this in European forums, there are those who are apprehensive about [my ideas], but the European elite does not even understand this, the European elite is stuck thinking about how it is possible to provide more assistance to the poor of the world.”

The government of Hungary has actively been campaigning to get Hungarians out to the polling booths on October 2.

For months the country has been blanketed with a government-sponsored billboard campaign, television and radio advertisements, and newspaper spreads calling attention to the government’s position in the upcoming referendum.

Recently, the government also sent 4.1 million, full-color, B4-sized booklets to Hungarians households (including letters to those abroad), making the government’s case for why Hungarians should vote “no” in the national referendum on October 2.