In a recent interview, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto shared his views on migration, European People’s Party (EPP), and E.U affairs. He stated that mass migration has resulted to terrorists gaining stronger foothold in the E.U:
“We have had a massive influx of illegal migrants in 2015, and since then there have been 33 terrorist attacks conducted on the EU territory. The attacks committed by people with a migrant background were responsible for 330 victims that have been killed since then.
“There are 35 million people in our immediate neighborhood ready to come to Europe very soon.”
The Hungarian FM urged the EU to secure its borders.
Szijjarto explained that the debate around the EU’s Spitzenkandidat system is important and bears great significance because it has repercussions on the structure and the future of the European Union:
“One approach claims that the EU should be a supranational institution; the United States of Europe, with strong Brussels and weak member states. The other states believe that the biggest power should be given to sovereign nations, thus, they perceive the EU as the integration of sovereign countries,” he added.
He also urged European Parliament’s largest party, EPP, to abandon the leftist course:
“It is not a secret that we would rather see the EPP opening more to the right than to the left, but everything will be decided soon. The EPP has to start representing Christian democracy again, and the key issue for us, the one that will eventually decide our future, might be migration policy.”
The EPP includes major parties such as the CDU/CSU of Germany, The Republicans of France, CD&V of Belgium, KDU-ČSL of the Czech Republic, Fine Gael of Ireland, New Democracy of Greece, Forza Italia of Italy, the People’s Party (PP) of Spain, the Social Democratic Party of Portugal, the Civic Platform of Poland but also Fidesz of Hungary.