This weekend Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is meeting with leaders of the CSU (Bavarian Christian Democrats, the sister party in the “Union” with Angela Merkel’s CDU) at the annual CSU party conclave held in the Seeon Monastery in Bavaria. The video below is an excerpt from the press conference given yesterday evening by Mr. Orbán and Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CSU and the Minister President of Bavaria, along with other leaders of the CSU.
If you’re not tuned in to the intricate political currents of the European Union, the earth-shaking nature of the event may not be apparent at first glance. However, the temblor at the Seeon Monastery registered 9.0 on the political Richter scale — you can bet that Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz felt the ground shudder beneath them in Berlin.
I’ll provide some additional context for this historic moment, but first let’s watch the video. Many thanks to Anton for translating the voice-over from the German, to Egri Nök for fine-tuning and timing it, to CrossWare for verifying that the German version accurately reflects the original Hungarian, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Background provided by Anton:
Hungary’s charismatic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán came to Germany this week to meet with Horst Seehofer (CSU), the leader of Angela Merkel’s sister party in Bavaria.
His speech is a condemnation of the illegal immigration policies practised by Merkel and the EU. Orbán has once again basically called Merkel’s actions illegal, and has dug his heels in. Hungary is currently subject to a judicial review by the European Union for refusing to allow illegal Muslim immigrants into his country.
He also demanded the forced removal of the million Muslims from the Schengen Area back to their home countries (the Schengen Area is a common region within Europe where people can move from country to country without passport controls). Terrorists have used this area to launch mass murder attacks across the continent.
Merkel is currently attempting to form a Government 100 days after she lost 25% of her voters in the national election. Nobody wants to work with her.
This short speech by Viktor Orbán is truly ground-breaking.
Additional context supplied by Egri Nök:
The situation is explosive in Germany, with ill-contained political anger and animosity. In the German press it is clear that people are at each others’ throats — we’re just totally torn apart inside this country.
People in Germany are even divided on the new censorship law. Even the Left hate it.
The CSU typically invite international politicians to the conclave in Seeon. This time it was criticized that they did not invite French President Emmanuel Macron, but instead chose Viktor Orbán.
In the press conference, Horst Seehofer says Bavaria will start a new initiative for better cooperation with the Central European states and Hungary; he calls it a new “Central European alliance”.
Alexander Dobrindt, the head of the Bundestag group of CSU parliamentarians, leads the joint CDU/CSU group with his co-chair from the CDU, Volker Kauder. At the press conference on Friday evening, Mr. Dobrindt said, “Hungary, together with the Visegrad states, is one of the closest economic trade partners with Germany. The trade balance with the Visegrad states is markedly higher than that of Germany with France.”
Mr. Orbán’s sentence about “We built a fence, while in other places chaos and illegality ruled” is quite a slap in the face for Angela Merkel.
Now it’s clear why the papers emphasize how angry Martin Schulz (SPD, Social Democrats) is: the SPD and CDU/CSU are even now negotiating another Grand Coalition. So the SPD consider Orbán’s visit a provocation.
My own take on these events, gleaned from our correspondents and from reading media reports: Horst Seehofer is trying desperately to save his political skin. A rebellion has been rumbling in his party for months. Bavarians in general are opposed to the CDU’s immigration policy, and blame the party leader of the CSU for going along with it. If Mr. Seehofer continues any further down the Multiculti Road, the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) will filch a substantial portion of the CSU’s votes, and he will find himself out of a job.
Hence the Central European Alliance. This is as close to secession as he can get without declaring independence from Berlin and establishing Munich as the capital of a new sovereign Bavarian state.
In addition, inviting Viktor Orbán instead of Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron is an act of open rebellion against the EU oligarchy. No wonder Martin Schulz is furious.
There’s no telling what will happen next. Stay tuned!
A translation of the entire press conference is currently underway, and will eventually appear here as a longer subtitled video.
|00:00||I have said that the migration problem has become a democracy problem.|
|00:06||The Europeans have a clear will; you might say the will of the people is unambiguous.|
|00:16||They do not want to live under the threat of terrorism.|
|00:21||They want safety; they want the borders protected.|
|00:28||And they want those who have no reason to live here in the Schengen area to be removed|
|00:39||and sent back to where they can again begin their new life.|
|00:46||In previous years I have asked whether it will be possible for us to assert the will of the people.|
|00:58||In Europe leading politicians in many places have not done what the people wanted.|
|01:08||This is a violation of democratic principles, and this conflict must be resolved.|
|01:17||I have told our Bavarian friends that 2018 will be the year in which the will of the people is restored.|
|01:30||And that the European people will step-by-step ensure that decisions|
|01:40||made in relation to immigration must serve their interests.|
|01:49||I have learned a lot from Mr. Seehofer. One of the things I learned|
|01:57||was that legality cannot be based on illegality.|
|02:04||For this reason laws must always be abided by. The higher the pressure,|
|02:14||the bigger the problem, the more these laws must be adhered to.|
|02:18||I can modestly yet proudly say that Hungary is a country that understood this rule.|
|02:29||From the very beginning we stood for protecting the border and Schengen.|
|02:38||We built a fence and maintained border controls,|
|02:48||whilst elsewhere in Europe chaos and illegality was being celebrated.|
|02:57||I have made clear to our Bavarian partners that Hungary operates on the basis of legality,|
|03:07||and now, just as then, two years ago, consider me your border patrol captain.|
|03:17||Because the southern Bavaria border runs along the Hungarian-Serbian border,|
|03:25||and when we protect this border, we protect Bavaria, too.|
|03:30||We have acknowledged the statement [you made] with appreciation|
|03:35||that Bavaria is a Christian country and that it will remain so.|
|03:41||And from my point of view our future relationship enjoys a common cultural foundation.