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Migrants a threat to civilisation, says PM of Hungary

Adele Maidstone

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives his state-of-the-nation speech in Budapest, Hungary. Photo: Reuters
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives his state-of-the-nation speech in Budapest, Hungary. Photo: Reuters

Mass migration threatens European civilisation, Hungary's controversial prime minister Viktor Orban said yesterday.

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"Today mass migration is taking place around the globe that could change the face of Europe's civilisation. If that happens, that is irreversible," Mr Orban said at a conference in honour of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who recently turned 85.

"There is no way back from a multicultural Europe. Neither to a Christian Europe, nor to the world of national cultures," Mr Orban added. He insisted that migration needs to be addressed seriously. "If we make a mistake now, it will be forever," Mr Orban (52) said.

Mr Orban was recently criticised for a questionnaire sent out to Hungarian citizens that linked migrants and asylum seekers with terrorism, which EU Commission vice president Frans Timmersmans slammed as "malicious and wrong".

Mr Orban is a fierce opponent of the migration plan put forward by the Commission to evenly distribute asylum seekers among member states, a policy which he called "mad and unfair". European leaders will discuss the plan at their June 25-26 summit in Brussels.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, warned that Hungary could be thrown out of the EU if it goes ahead with proposals to reintroduce the death penalty.

Irish Independent

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