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
“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