April 09, 2016 | 11:42 AM
Hungary’s Prime Minister Victor Orban has started a shuttle diplomacy around Europe to organize opposition to German chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of welcoming Muslim migrants / refugees into Europe. Orban is calling for defending Europe’s borders and keeping the migrants out, pointing out that his own country has been quite successful with that policy. He opposes EU efforts to force European countries to take some of the migrants that Germany and Sweden have welcomed. Orban has submitted the question of accepting Muslim migrants to the Hungarian people in a referendum and they are expected to give a resounding ”NO”.
Orban will include Germany in his travels, but he will not be seeing Merkel. Instead, he will confer with Merkel’s predecessor as chancellor, Helmut Kohl. The meeting between Kohl and Orban is being viewed as a deliberate snub of Merkel.
Farage On Orban: ‘He’s A Real National Leader’
by Nick Hallett9 Apr 2016
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his stance on the migrant crisis, and for standing up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Farage sang the praises of Mr Orban and while sharply criticising Mrs Merkel’s immigration policies. “He’s a proper national leader. He does not want Hungary to become dominated too much by Germany.”
In contrast, Mrs Merkel’s decision to open up Germany’s borders to over a million migrants last summer was “the worst policy decision that we’ve seen from a modern European politician.”
“[A year ago] I would have said she was a very effective political operator,” he added, but her handling of the migrant crisis has changed that.
Viktor Orban took a very different attitude to Angela Merkel when hundreds of thousands of migrants started pouring into Europe. He built a 4 metre (13 foot) high fence along the Hungarian border and spoke up strongly in support of the continent’s “Christian heritage” which he claims is being threatened by large-scale Muslim immigration.
Nigel Farage also said he was “confident” Britain will vote to leave the European Union in June, saying that the odds currently offered by bookmakers suggesting a “remain” victory should not be seen as a prediction.
“The price that a bookie gives you is as much a reflection of the shape of their book as it is of what they think will happen. A wall of money came in for Remain very early.”
Breitbart London reported yesterday that the Hungarian Prime Minister has effectively ‘declared war’ against Brussels, saying that if important decisions over immigration were taken away from his country, they would effectively be handing control of their borders to a foreign power.
European leaders are currently discussing a plan to redistribute thousands of migrants across the continent, raising the prospect that some states may be forced to take their “fair share” against their wishes.
If Hungary accepts the plan “it would be determined not in Hungary but in Brussels who we have to live together with, and how the ethnic composition of the country will look in future,” Mr Orban said.
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Orban was vilified when he stood up against the ECB and refused to allow Hungary’s central bank to escape the scrutiny of parliament; he was vilified when he stood up against the EC and built fences, he will be vilified again.
Hungary does not have the Euro and this is his ace, one that for instance Greece does not have, never-the-less he is but one man. His resistance to Brussels will be resisted, they will try to manufacture a corruption or sexual scandal against him and failing that he may well meet with an “accident”.
Unless he is successful in his attempts to form alliances, with Poland in particular, he is doomed. It is 1683 again; but unlike his forbears he cannot rely on Teutonic valour, this time the enemies lie not only to the south but also to the west, and to the north. He is a brave man indeed.
Former Chancellor Kohl Will Meet Hungary’s Orbán In Snub To Merkel
Deeply respected former West German chancellor Helmut Kohl has praised Hungarian leader and critic of mass migration Viktor Orbán and has announced plans to meet with him on April 19th.
Revealed in a sympathetic profile in Bild yesterday to mark the former chancellor’s 86th birthday the revelation that Mr. Kohl will receive Mr. Orban as a guest has sparked a wave of speculation and controversy in Germany. As a former leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Mr. Kohl is the predecessor of present chancellor Angela Merkel not just in high office, but also in the party.
Mrs. Merkel has been perhaps Europe’s most ardent supporter of mass migration, using her position of massive influence within the European Union to welcome millions of both legal and illegal migrants to the continent. The most vocal opposition to this policy has come from Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, who has fenced his country off and withdrawn from joint European efforts to redistribute migrants.
Now the idea that a former chancellor of Merkel’s own party has organised a meeting with a foreign leader who has been so vocally critical of German migrant policy has been called an “affront”, and one of Germany’s best-selling papers had said the news will set “alarm-bells” ringing in Berlin.
Not only has he asked to meet the Hungarian leader, but the profile also reveals Mr. Kohl is a fan of Mr. Orbán’s politics, has “always defended” the Hungarian leader “against various criticisms”, and sees him as a “European with heart and soul”.
Despite his enthusiasm for Mr. Orbán, some in Germany have hoped the 86 year old former chancellor will take the opportunity to brow-beat the Hungarians into submission, and to take a more German view on current affairs. Social Democratic Party leader Katarina Barley said of the meeting that as “Helmut Kohl is a committed European”, she hoped he would talk to Orbán about “his behavior in the refugee crisis” and about press freedom in Hungary.
The news of a potential meeting comes just six months after Viktor Orbán last met German leaders behind Angela Merkel’s back, having talks with Bavarian leader and senior Merkel ally Horst Seehofer, which again was badly received by Berlin.
As Breitbart London reported at the time, Mr. Orbán said at a press conference during the meeting that Germany should shy away from “moral imperialism” — the temptation to tell other Europeans how to conduct their affairs — and that Hungary didn’t want mass migration forced upon it. Mr. Seehofer said Mr. Orbán and Hungary had “earned support and not criticism” for their stance.