Orban: We need to stand up to ‘sovietisation’ of Europe
He said: “Today we live in a time when international politics is a battlefield.
“The independence and freedom of European nations are at stake. And at the centre of the battlefield is migration.”
Hungarian prime minister is a known critic of the EU’s migration policies
Mr Orban has previously shown his supported for Brexit amid talks with the EU
Mr Orbán continued: “This is what our future stands or falls on, the fate of Europe. The question is whether the character of European nations will be determined by the same spirit, civilisation, culture and mentality as in our parents’ and grandparents’ time, or by something completely different.
“We want to preserve the foundations of Europe. We do not want parallel societies, we do not want population exchanges, and we do not want to replace Christian civilisation with a different kind.
The independence and freedom of European nations are at stake. And at the centre of the battlefield is migration
Hungary, joined by Poland, have so far refused to take part in an EU scheme to spread 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece across of the European nations.
Speaking about the opposition he has faced Mr Orban said: “National governance in Hungary is under continuous pressure and attack… the most important thing at stake is whether we will have a parliament and a government that will seek to serve the best interests of the Hungarian people, or a parliament and a government that will seek to serve foreign interests.
Viktor Orbán takes a swipe at George Soros in state address
Orban, a great admirer of the late British prime minister, quoted Margaret Thatcher: “I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”