At a joint press conference with Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Thursday afternoon, Viktor Orban found clear words. “The main issue today was the issue of migration and security issues”. A “Hungarian always feels at home in Vienna, and Austrians can feel the same way in Budapest”. However, there are “difficult times” in which he asked himself “if we can count on our Austrian friends.” In summary, the answer was positive. “We can also count on Austria in the coming years.”
Commenting on the controversial statements in Romania, he said “Hungary has achieved fantastic results in combating anti-Semitism and racism.” However, he was “the only politician who is openly opposed to immigration. I have a very clear position there and also define myself as a politician against migration. I don’t want migration to increase in Hungary. This is a question of culture and our civilization. We will always protect our borders.” In his opinion, the problem is the other countries in the Western Balkans. “If we don’t protect the borders, 100,000 will come to you,” he warned. The external borders must finally be better protected, Serbia in particular is very sluggish here and relies too much on Hungary.
Nehammer said it was important for him to present his position on the events surrounding Viktor Orban’s controversial statements in Romania. “In Austria we reject any form of racism and anti-Semitism” – Austria has a responsibility for this due to its history. However, this would have been “dissolved in all friendship and clarity”. Hungary is a geostrategic partner when it comes to security. The asylum numbers are alarming for Nehammer. 80,000 applications from Ukrainians alongside 31,000 asylum applications from Afghans, Syrians, Indians and others would put a heavy strain on the Austrian system. He criticized the Hungarian-Austrian cooperation on the common border. “We both see, know and feel that this is not enough”. He accepted Orban’s proposal to “find solutions” together with Serbia and other Western Balkan countries and take the pressure off the Hungarian and Serbian borders.
Orban also hopes that Brussels will finally find a compromise and a common path regarding the energy crisis and the sanctions against Russia. We want “good things for us, the European economy, the European families who have to pay for everything”. The madness for him is the “European consumption restriction” planned by Ursula Von der Leyen – “you have to take that seriously”.