Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called on voters to participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections and asked ethnic Hungarians to support the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), in Sibiu (Nagyszeben), in central Romania. Arriving at an informal meeting of EU heads of state and government, Orbán told reporters that “first of all, I want to campaign among ethnic Hungarians, and generally among all Romanian citizens, to turn up for this vote of great importance for Romania, Hungary and all European countries. Secondly, one always comes to Romania to improve Romanian-Hungarian relations. We would like to see closer cooperation between the two countries and the two peoples. Thirdly, I want to ask ethnic Hungarians living here to vote for the RMDSZ list.
Meanwhile, Orbán said on Facebook that voters should tick the boxes of anti-migration leaders on European Parliament ballot papers so that the bloc can protect itself “and the future of our children”. In a video recorded in Sibiu, central Romania, on the sidelines of an informal summit of EU leaders, Orbán said discussions had been focused on Europe’s future, but absent of the opinions of ordinary people, it would be impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions. “We’ll become familiar with their opinions at the election,” he said. “What we can definitely say today is that Hungary represents the view that migration must be stopped.”