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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz “has been a patriotic, centre-right conservative party for over two decades, and will remain just that”, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said in an interview to Friday’s edition of the daily Magyar Nemzet. Gergely Gulyás also said anyone who spoke openly about the vision of a “united states of Europe” supported immigration and envisioned a “mixed population without an identity”. “They’ve coined new political stigmas like populism or undefined nationalism in order to relativise the democratic will of the people so that they don’t have to be accountable for their approach to the concept of the nation,” he said. He said at stake in this Sunday’s European Parliament election was whether the European Union would have an anti-migration or a pro-migration commission in the next cycle. “Europe can only be strong if its nations refuse to fall victim to immigration,” he added.

On another subject, Gulyás said one of the biggest achievements of Hungarian foreign policy in recent years had been the forging of closer ties with the other Visegrad Group (V4) countries, hence the V4 today represented a “consistent, Europe-friendly anti-immigration stance” that favours a Europe of nations. “What makes the cooperation even more significant is that the leaders of the four Visegrad countries are able to agree on a common position while being members of different European political groups,” Gulyás said. “This is the kind of cooperation that a well-functioning EU needs.”