På et møte i EEP, den konservative gruppen i EU-parlamentet, i Madrid var det Ungarns statsminister Viktor Orbán som stjal showet. Orbán kritiserer Berlin og Brussel for svakhet overfor migrantstrømmen og Tyrkia. EU fremstår som rikt og svakt, sa Orban til stormende applaus.
“We are in deep trouble,” Orbán said in remarks to the European People’s Party annual congress here, building on comments he had made Wednesday night on Hungarian television. “This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process,” one that threatens democracy because governments did not “get authorization from (citizens) for millions to walk into our continent.”
To loud applause from conservative politicians from across Europe, Orbán slammed politicians on both the left and right. He accused left-wing political parties of “importing future leftist voters to Europe” while trying to “hide it behind humanism.”
Orbán has played an outsized role in setting Europe’s migration policy agenda in recent months, pulling the continent to the right with his decisions to build border fences, deploy armed forces and order the strip searching of migrants. His approach has divided the European People’s Party, as it struggles to contain the differences emerging between governments that stretch from Germany to Hungary.
Orbán suggested Merkel and other politicians were creating chaos by not upholding EU laws and encouraging refugees to push beyond the first safe country they reach.
Merkel var blant publikum og hun likte selvsagt ikke det som ble sagt. Da hun fikk ordet sa hun at selvsagt er grensene ukrenkelige.
In a separate speech to the EPP members, Merkel hit back at Orban, saying Germany’s generosity does not preclude border security.
“We insist on the territorial integrity of all countries in Europe. That is the basis of peaceful coexistence and we cannot make any compromises on that,” Merkel said.
Men det er kanskje bare på papiret? Da Merkel sa at døren til Tyskland sto åpen tok det ikke lenge før en elv ble til en flod, og den har ikke blitt mindre. Tyskland mottar fortsatt 10.000 om dagen.
Merkels generøsitet er vanskelig å ta tilbake. Migrantene har fått oppfattelsen av at de kan velge hvilket land de vil slå seg ned i.
En hel asyllobby og mediene går god for denne definisjonen av flyktningkonvensjonen og menneskerettighetene, men det er helt på jordet, sa Orbán.
Orbán argued the current refugee flow is no longer an emergency, but an “unlimited supply of people” on the move towards Europe that includes millions from Africa and “foreign fighters,” and European life was not open to them.
“The German, Hungarian or Austrian way of life is not a basic right of all people on earth,” Orbán said. “It is only a right for those people who have contributed to it. We have to help them get back their own lives, with dignity, and we have to send them back to their own countries.”
Orbán accused Europe of showing a weak hand in current negotiations with Turkey and in dealing with the fall-out of conflict in Syria.
“Europe is currently rich and weak,” Orbán said. “This is a dangerous mix.”
“If based on the lack of our own power we expect the solution from Turkey, we are exposed,” he said. “This is the current situation of Europe. To avoid that we have to protect our borders. If we can’t do it in Greece … we have to do it at the western gate of the Balkans: Hungary.”
Merkel tok til motmæle og forsvarte at hun har innledet forhandlinger med Tyrkia.
Merkel rejected Orbán’s arguments on Turkey. “(Turkey) tell us you are a rich European union and we have been hosting 2.5 million people for years. For a rich European Union this is the right thing to do. We cannot simply leave these people to our neighbors.”
Hvorfor kan ikke Merkel innrømme at det er Tyrkia som har presset Europa opp i et hjørne? At Erdogan bruker migrantene som pressmiddel? Hvorfor skal hun legge et idealistisk skjær over det som er kynisk utpressing?
Orbán taler på vegne av Sentral- og Øst–Europa. Hvis ikke Merkel og Hollande passer seg vil han også tale på vegne av dem. Polens Donald Tusk forsøker å ri to hester. Han er mest enig med Orbán, og det er hans landsmenn, men han må vise at han også tilhører Brussel.
“Solidarity can no longer be equivalent to naivety,” Tusk said. “We cannot abdicate from our most important duties… the primary duty of public authorities has always been to provide security to its own community and protect its own borders.”
“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,” Tusk added. “We have lost our ability to control our borders … but on the other hand we cannot give into populism and xenophobia.”