Last Thursday, in remarks to the press, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel issued an ultimatum to the Visegrád Four countries (Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary), demanding that they show “solidarity” with other European countries and accept their quota of migrants for resettlement, or the EU would force them to.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán posted the following video on Facebook in response. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this clip:
Mr. Michel’s ultimatum to the V4 has been covered in French by Le Soir, but except for Hungarian English-language outlets, it’s difficult to find reports on it in English.
Here’s a summary from About Hungary:
Hungary’s FM: Government rejects Belgian Prime Minister’s “ultimatum” on migration
Charles Michel’s “ultimatum” is “coercion”, and Hungary will never yield to it, Hungary’s foreign minister said
Hungary’s foreign minister has said the government rejects Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel’s “ultimatum” on migration.
Michel recently told Belgian news site Le Soir that Visegrad countries that “refuse to act in solidarity [with the rest of the EU] are being given an ultimatum”. He added that unless they come to a consensus on the matter at the European Council heads of government by June this year, the debate will be decided by a simple majority.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán took to his Facebook page to post a video about Michel’s comments.
“Our presidency (V4) has taken a stand and we cannot give in to extortion. For us, Hungary is first. We will fight those who want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe,” the prime minister said.
Minister Szijjártó, furthermore, made it clear that Hungary has never been a country of immigrants; neither does it intend to become one.
Prime Minister Michel’s “ultimatum” is “coercion”, and Hungary will never yield to it, he said. Michel’s statement is “shocking” because it is the first occasion when Brussels openly prepares for pushing through the migration quotas, “with complete disregard for certain EU countries’ opinions,” Minister Szijjártó said. “We find this unacceptable and refuse it,” he added.
The minister added that the Visegrad group is concerned by the “27 terrorist attacks perpetrated by people with migration backgrounds in Europe recently and the no-go zones in certain European cities, even if the Belgian prime minister is not concerned by them,” he said.
Minister Szijjártó made the remarks during a press conference in Bratislava, where he met Slovak Foreign Affairs State Secretary Ivan Korcok.
Korcok said the Visegrad group should not once again allow “them to vote over our heads”.
Hat tip: CrossWare (who also verified the accuracy of the video translation).