HUNGARY’S Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” in a fiery speech in which he also took aim at “politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris” over migration.
By – Harvey Gavin
Mr Orban said the European Union risks being “overrun” by mass immigration and “Islamic expansion” before calling for a global alliance to what he portrayed as a growing threat to the West.
And he insisted Hungary would help lead a fight against globalism alongside the UK, United States and Israel.
The Hungarian leader is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory when the country heads to the polls on April 8.
In his annual state of the nation speech, Mr Orban claimed his government had “prevented the Islamic world from flooding us”.
Addressing cheering supporters, he depicted Hungary as a saviour of Europe’s Christian nations.
And as people continue to flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, he insisted “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” before adding immigration, especially from Africa, could mean “our worst nightmares can come true”.
He said: “The West falls as it fails to see Europe being overrun.”
Mr Orban’s right-wing populist Fidesz party is running on a tough anti-immigration ticket and the 54-year-old has also received a favourable reaction for his combative attitude towards the European Union.
The West falls as it fails to see Europe being overrun , Viktor Orban
His government was responsible for erecting a double razor wire fence on its border in 2015 at the height of the migrant crisis in what became a symbol of the anti-migration sentiment in Europe.
Speaking at the Royal Castle in Budapest, Mr Orban said: “Absurd as it may sound the danger we face comes from the West, from politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris.”
His policies have been widely credited for turning Hungary’s economy around following the 2008 global market crash.
And praising the strength of the country’s finances, he said: “We sent the muzzle back to Brussels and the leash back to the IMF.”
He also targeted Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros, who has worked to promote liberal, open border values.
In stark contrast, Mr Orban is a supporter of strong nation states and is staunchly against multiculturalism.
The pair have clashed previously as part of a long-running feud over their political views, with Mr Soros likening the Hungarian leader to both the Nazis and the Communists by saying his premiership evoked dark tones from the 1930s when the state was more oppressive than during its Cold War Soviet occupation.
Mr Orban said: “Soros has antagonised not only us but also England, President Trump and Israel too.
“Everywhere he wants to get migration accepted. It won’t work. “We are not alone and we will fight together… and we will succeed.”
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