Orbán: EU is a 'stalled project'
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán dubbed the European Union a “stalled project” – and said that strong political leadership is needed to solve the continent's problems, including high energy prices that stifle Europe's ability to compete – in a speech Friday at a forum hosted in Baden-Baden by the German foundation for family entrepreneurs (Stiftung Familienunternehmen).
Orbán said that alternative energy cannot be financed while nuclear energy is indispensable. He also said that if he succeeds in safeguarding Hungary's energy policy in Brussels, energy prices would become equal to those in the U.S. by 2018.
Orbán acknowledged that Hungary is a a "political black sheep" but said it is also an "economic success story". He added that the Hungarian government "does not despise rich people, because to be rich is good and is an example to follow, and those who deliver and create workplaces should be encouraged rather than penalized with high taxes".
The Prime Minister said Hungary supports Ukraine's sovereignty because "we also believe there should be something between Russia and Hungary". The prime minister said that immigration is not "a good thing" and Europe's demographic problems should be addressed by nurturing a good family policy.
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