Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán and the Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini have announced that they are unifying to challenge the bloc aligned with Emmanuel Macron, the president of France.
The two nations have teamed up ahead of May’s election which is foreseen as a battleground for migration issues.
After the two leaders met in Milan on Tuesday, Orbán told the press, “European elections are coming. We have to change a lot of things,”
“There are two sides at the moment in Europe. One is led by Macron, who is supporting migration. The other one is supported by countries who want to protect their borders. Hungary and Italy belong to the latter.”
“Hungary has shown that we can stop migrants on land. Salvini has shown migrants can be stopped at sea,” noted Orbán, whose administration dropped illegal immigration by more than 99 per cent after implementing stricter immigration policies and rolling out of powerful border fences.
Orbán’s policies opposes the migration stance of Brussels, Germany, Spain and France. “We must send migrants back to their countries. Brussels says we cannot do it. They also had said it was impossible to stop migrants on land, but we did it,” he said.
At their meeting, the Prime Minister praised Salvini for blocking an NGO vessel filled with migrants from docking at the ports of Italy.
At their joint press conference, the Prime Minister said Macron aims to unlock Europe’s doors to migrants while Salvini accused the French President of hypocrisy.
Orbán strongly asserts that mass migration is detrimental to Europeans while globalist Macron thinks otherwise. When asked to comment on Orban’s and Salvini’s statements, Orbán shared the following opinion:
“It is clear that today a strong opposition is building up between nationalists and progressives and I will yield nothing to nationalists and those who advocate hate speech. So if they wanted to see me as their main opponent, they were right to do so.”