Orbán: Western elite causes ‘crisis of legitimacy’

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Western democracy is in crisis, and European foreign policy has failed, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said yesterday at a forum entitled Prague European Summit organized by the V4 countries, according to reports. 

Hungaryʼs Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the summit in Prague yesterday. (Photo: MTI/Balázs Szecsődi)

According to the prime minister, the Western elite is unable to validate its politics through successes in the economy, and therefore a crisis of legitimacy has arisen in Europe. Because of the crisis, Europeans cannot identify with the political decisions of the elite, the prime minister said, according to Hungarian news portal hvg.hu. 

Another problem is the gap between the opinions of the elite and the rest of the population, Orbán added. Furthermore, the prime minister said, attempts at exporting democracy, which is a basis for European foreign policy, have also failed.

The real challenge Europe is facing is that the different states of the continent nurture different views about the future, which is well reflected in how different states handle and think about the migrant crisis, according to Orban. He said there are currently two leading points of view in Europe with relation to migration: one says immigration to the continent needs to be managed, while the other says migration to Europe must be stopped at the borders, hvg.hu reported.

“Europe is rich and strong enough to have enough power to say no matter what great migration starts in the world – let’s say to the south of us – no man can arrive to our continent and world without being controlled and granted the license to come in”, hvg.hu quoted Orbán as saying. “We do not want to integrate migration into our life, but we would prefer to slow it, get it under control, and as long as it is possible, to close it out of our lives”, Orbán reportedly said.

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