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Some large Western European countries are “experimenting” with developing a mixed civilisation and “they think Christian Europe should be turned into a Christian-Muslim Europe.” Central Europe, however, has decided not to start this experiment because the risks it carries are extremely high, Orbán said in the Christmas interview carried by Magyar Idők.

“We do not want our countries to be inhabited by a mixed population and therefore we are protecting our borders and oppose migration. Everyone can see that those in the west do not respect this decision of ours … They are using the Hungarian opposition as a tool. George Soros and his networks do not tolerate the omission of central Europe from their great society-transformation experiment … The European Parliamentary elections will be a milestone in this fight because it will involve a power match between political forces that protect Christian Europe and those that support migration. A historical situation will develop in which Hungary is fighting not only for itself but also for Christian Europe,” Orbán said. Migration carries extreme risks and the cohabitation of civilisations involves difficulties that Europe may not be able to cope with, he added.

Demographics is a vital issue and the Hungarian government is making every effort to strengthen families because “we believe that families hold the key to the continuation of Hungarian history and the future of the nation,” he said. “We Hungarians can only rely on ourselves. This is why we have launched a national consultation on families. I consider this the most serious issue on the agenda of Hungarian politics,” he said.

In response to a question about the possibility of an economic crisis, Orbán said, “You mustn’t bury your head in the sand.” It is a genuine question to ask whether the success of the Hungarian economy can be maintained during a European or global economic crisis, the prime minister added. He said in 2008 Hungary was “among the first countries to collapse”. However, currently the Hungarian economy has strong foundations, Orbán said, adding that even if the circumstances deteriorate, Hungary’s economy will continue to perform well. During the time of crisis, a stable government with a two-thirds majority support has increased importance because the ability to take action is an important resource, Orbán said. “It took eight years for Hungarians to convince each other that it is worth working hard. More people hold jobs today than almost any time in the past. As a result, the Hungarian economy is shock-proof,” he said.