Immigration, multiculturalism … The Hungarian Minister of Justice, who was ambassador to Brussels and Paris, talks about these sensitive issues in Central Europe.
“Multiculturalism in Central Europe is very reluctant, especially since we observe that it does not work so well in Western Europe. This does not mean that we are against solidarity. We have welcomed a lot of Ukrainians since the annexation of Crimea and a lot of refugees from the Balkans. But we want to control our border and do not understand that this is not understood.
For us, the question of migration is key, because it affects the composition of the country’s population, and therefore the type of society in which we live, not only today but in twenty years. Is it possible to force states to accept foreign populations if they do not want to? That’s the whole debate we have with Brussels. For us, this subject touches on the national sovereignty and the constitutional identity of our country.
But the question arises of how Christianity and Islam can live together. We have certain fears and, for us, the Christian roots are important, but today we see that because of multiculturalism, Europe wants to hide its roots under the carpet, on the pretext that it can hurt some people. But as our former Prime Minister Jozsef Antall said, we must not forget that in Europe, even atheists are Christians, because that is our culture. It must be preserved.”