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The European Immigration Crisis
Orbanism Ascendant?

In a blistering speech at European People’s Party conference in Madrid, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban drew applause at the expense of Angela Merkel as he called for a new approach to the migrant crisis in Europe—one not buttressed by unrealistic idealism and politically correct bromides.

“We are in deep trouble”, Orban intoned. “This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process. We did not get authorisation from [our citizens] for millions to walk into our continent.” He accused left-leaning parties of “importing future leftist voters to Europe” while trying to “hide it behind humanism.” “The German, Hungarian or Austrian way of life is not a basic right of all people on earth,” he continued. “It is only a right for those people who have contributed to it.”

Orban is a genuinely unsavory character, who has taken advantage of the migrant crisis to give his government quasi-fascist police powers in Hungary. But he is also speaking eminently good sense when he points out that immigration and refugee rights cannot be as unlimited as the EU has promised by law. Orban’s good sense on that point has been making a lot of the bien pensants in the corridors of Brussels and Berlin uncomfortable—as well it should. What does it say about your policies when it takes a figure like Orban to finally acknowledge that the Emperor is naked?

European Commission President Donald Tusk, whose job is to be conciliatory, has always found Orban’s line, if not his tone, persuasive, and he tried to smooth the rough edges in his own speech. After offering a ritual intonation that, “we cannot give into populism and xenophobia”, he went on to declare that “We cannot pretend any longer that the great tide of migrants is something that we want and that we are conducting a well-thought out policy.[..] We have lost our ability to control our borders.”

But Angela Merkel was speaking as well (must have been one awkward green room), and she declared that, “For a rich European Union this is the right thing to do. We cannot simply leave these people to our neighbors.” The question now becomes, will Angela be able to continue to have her way on this, as she has on so much else in Europe recently? Or is Orbanism, in this respect, ascendant?

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  • Jim__L

    And the EU goes the way of Byzantium.

  • CapitalHawk

    I will give Merkel that Germany and the EU as a whole are rich as compared to most of the rest of the world. I will also give Merkel that it is good, right and noble to help those who are in need. However, Orban is absolutely correct in what you have quoted him saying here.

    Merkel is not addressing Orban and his argument at all. Orban did not say “we should not help these people” (although he may believe that too, I don’t know). People do not need to be physically present in the EU in order for the EU to help them. In fact, I have seen estimates that it is significantly more expensive to house and feed a person in Germany than it is to house and feed that same person in Turkey or Jordan. So, every person admitted into the EU actually reduces the EU’s ability to help others.

    I say again, people do not need to be physically present in the EU in order for the EU to help them.

    • Pete

      Send the Care packages but don’t let them invade your country.

    • WJ Alden

      Indeed. China and India have managed to lift hundreds of millions of their citizens out of poverty without having to offload them on Europe and the US. Helping the poor in their own countries is vastly more efficient and effective than relocating them to ours in order to help a minute fraction of them,

  • iconoclast

    “We did not get authorisation from [our citizens] for millions to walk into our continent.”

    certainly sounds quasi-fascist to me! After all, a government who believes authority comes from the people is very anti-EU, where the authority seems to come from moral preening and self-hate.

    • CosmotKat

      “certainly sounds quasi-fascist to me!”
      How so? Seems like a common sense question. The Hungarian people have a longer history of Islamic incursions into their lands for the purpose of domination and rule. It was in Vienna in 1697 that the Hungarians, Austrians and Poles defeated the invading armies of Ottoman Turks after months of sieges. It was several hundred years later before they were finally pushed out of the Balkans. The atrocities committed by the Muslim Ottomans remain embedded in the cultures of these people. The countries are the ones who are at the front of the current invasion and crush of refugees. Who are we to judge their actions and then label them quasi-fascist?

      • ronetc

        I believe you missed CosmoKat’s sarcasm.

      • iconoclast

        I should have added a /sarc tag.

        • CosmotKat

          I went back and re-read your comment and I can see the /sarc in your comment.

          • iconoclast

            Poe’s Law in action, I think. By now I should have learned that no matter how ridiculous the sarcasm the thinking is indistinguishable from a genuine kook.

          • CosmotKat

            Not always, but in certain circumstances if not deftly applied it can be misconstrued.

    • CrassyKnoll

      Didn’t you get the memo? Anything opposed by the hard left is automatically quasi-fascist, if not outright fascist.

  • gabrielsyme

    The importation of vast, culturally antagonistic populations into Europe is a far, far greater threat to European peace and security than Orban’s rather unremarkable police power measures.

  • 11B40


    Has anyone else noticed that these “migrants” don’t seem much interested in Bosnia or Kosovo ???

  • WJ Alden

    “Orban is a genuinely unsavory character, who has taken advantage of the
    migrant crisis to give his government quasi-fascist police powers in

    Wow, that’s a breathtaking accusation. Please cite examples.

  • ToursLepantoVienna

    I’ll take a genuinely unsavory character over the likes of Merkel anytime, if he’s a staunch defender of western civilization.

    • CapitalHawk

      No kidding. I bet Charles Martel was an unsavory character or at least did many unsavory things. Thank God for him.

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