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ORBÁN CALLS FOR REFORMING EPP

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public Kossuth Radio that he was seeking to “change, reform” the EPP so that “it also embraces anti-migration forces” but said that “this dispute might reveal that our place is not within the EPP but outside”. “If it turns out that we need to come up with a new initiative in Europe, the first place we will have talks is Poland,” Orbán said, and noted that Poland’s Law and Justice party is not a member of the EPP. Orbán announced that he would visit Poland on Sunday to attend a celebration of Poland’s NATO membership anniversary, and that his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki would address celebrations on Hungary’s March 15 national holiday in Budapest.

Concerning his proposal to set up an interior ministers’ council for the Schengen zone, Orbán said that “since the European Commission has not been able to cope with migration”, relevant decisions should be “returned to the nation states which can resolve the problem”. Under the proposal, the new council with new authorisations would ensure protection of the Schengen borders. He added that if the interior ministers had been in charge of issues around migration in the past 3-4 years, “Europe would now be a more protected, safer place”. Orbán insisted that a population boom outside Europe, wars and the climate change will make “millions, later tens of millions of migrants” find a new life elsewhere. This challenge will “determine the life of the next generations,” he added. He went on to say that “governments that turn a blind eye to this historical trend commit a crime against their own people”.