HUNGARY’S Prime Minister Viktor Orbán believes fears over migration will make “nations vote together” in next year’s European elections.
The far-right leader swept to power in 2003 as head of the Fidesz party and won a landslide general election victory in April. But Orbán’s anti-immigration stance has seen him accused of mistreating asylum seekers and refugees, with his government building a huge wall along its Serbia border to stop migrants entering. And as Europe prepares to go to the polls in May, he is adamant that migration will unite voters at the ballot box.
Mr Orbán said: “The old dream of the EU is coming true. I have been hearing for 30 years that we have no common theme that concerns all of Europe.
“From Lisbon to Vilnius and also in Budapest, the key issue in the elections will be migration.
“Now, for the first time, the European nations will vote together on a common topic.”
I have been hearing for 30 years that we have no common theme that concerns all of Europe. Now we have one topic: migration.
In a 2017 Gallup poll, Hungary came third from bottom on a list of 168 countries worldwide.