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Szijjártó: Hypocrisy characterizes Europe today

Int’l Relations

kormany.hu/Gergely Botár

Europe at the moment is characterized by hypocrisy as solidarity is synonymous with disregarding Schengen regulations and European security, and allowing thousands of “migrants” to enter the continent or transporting them to neighboring countries, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said today, according to a press statement by his ministry.

(Photo: kormany.hu/Gergely Botár)

Speaking at an automotive industry focused conference organized by HIPA, he said it is absurd that even a tube of toothpaste needs to be placed into a transparent bag during an airport security check, yet thousands of people are allowed to enter Europe through its outer borders, without adequate information on who they are, why they are coming and what they are bringing with themselves, the ministry reported. 

Szijjártó said that solidarity means applying to joint regulations to prevent increasing pressure on neighboring countries, as such Hungary is one of the countries that has shown the most solidarity, given that no “immigrant” can transit through Hungary on route to Germany or Austria.

He said that if Europe does not “return” to Schengen regulations in the near future, Europeʼs economy “will be essentially decapitated”, the press statement from the ministry cited Szijjártó as saying. He noted that the Schengen zone is key to European economic competitiveness.

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