BERLIN – Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban rejected what he described German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “moral imperialism” in Europe’s migrant crisis.
Orban accused Merkel of trying to impose her vision of an open EU on other member states.
“The most important thing is that there should be no moral imperialism,” he said on Wednesday during a visit to the southern German state of Bavaria.
Orban emphasized that his country had a “democratic right” to a different approach on the refugee crisis.
“I don’t doubt Germany’s right to define its moral obligations for itself. They can decide if they accept every refugee or not… (but) that should only be compulsory for them,” the Hungarian PM said.
“We are Hungarians however, we cannot think with German minds. Hungary should have the right to control the impact of a mass migration,” he said.
“The Hungarian people don’t want this, we ask that the wishes of Hungarians be respected.”
He revived recent proposals in what he called a six-point plan to resolve the crisis.
Orban added that he would also press fellow EU leaders to agree on a common list of safe countries of origin to which migrants can be returned, and to pitch in one percent of their EU income and their EU contributions to an emergency fund.
Germany has been calling for fair distribution of migrants throughout the Europe.
Hungary has closed its border with Serbia to prevent further infix of refugees, and introduced draconian laws to punish those crossing into the country illegally.
Orban said Wednesday that he would only consider “voluntary measures” to accept asylum-seekers.
“Quotas and contingents are two different things. We reject the former, but are ready to discuss the latter, Orban said.
Orban was invited to Germany by one of the most vocal critics of Merkel’s migrant policies within her conservative bloc, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer, AFP reported.
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