Matteo Salvini has succeeded in stopping migration at sea while Hungary has stopped it on land, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a public radio interview on Friday.
The Italian deputy PM “has put the last nail in the coffin of pro-migration politicians,” Orbán told Kossuth Radio in connection with the Liga leader’s visit to Hungary the previous day. Orbán said Salvini, who is also Italy’s interior minister, had proven that pro-migration politicians were “lying” when they said migration was impossible to stop. Ever since Salvini banned ships carrying migrants from docking in Italy, the number of drowned migrants has dropped dramatically because they have not set off in the first place, he added.
Orbán said certain European leaders easily resorted to derogatory name-calling when talking about other leaders, neglecting that this disrespected not only the individuals concerned but their voters too. He slammed German criticism of Salvini’s visit and an opposition Hungarian politician who had blasted the Italian deputy PM. Anyone who insults Salvini, a representative of the Italian people, also insults Italians, he added.