Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Facebook on Thursday that voters should tick the boxes of anti-migration leaders on European Parliament ballot papers so that the bloc can protect itself “and the future of our children.”
In a video recorded in Sibiu, central Romania, on the sidelines of an informal summit of European Union leaders, Orban said discussions had been focused on Europe’s future, but absent of the opinions of ordinary people, it would be impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions.
“We’ll become familiar with their opinions at the election,” he said. “What we can definitely say today is that Hungary represents the view that migration must be stopped.”
Arriving at the meeting’s venue, Orban called on voters to participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections and asked ethnic Hungarians to support the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ).
Before the meeting, Orban had a bilateral meeting with Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council.
“First of all, I want to campaign among ethnic Hungarians, and generally among all Romanian citizens, to turn up for this vote of great importance for Romania, Hungary and all European countries,” Orban told reporters.
“Secondly, one always comes to Romania to improve Romanian-Hungarian relations. We would like to see tighter cooperation between the two countries and the two peoples,” he said.
“Thirdly, I want to ask ethnic Hungarians living here to vote for the RMDSZ list,” Orban said. “And finally, the summit will focus on the future of Europe. Of course, considering the options will continue even thereafter as decisions will only be made after the elections, in awareness of the voters’ position.”
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