Hungarian PM says European countries with ‘racial mixing’ are no longer nations

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban came under fire on Saturday after saying in a keynote speech that European countries with “mixing of races” were “no longer nations”.

Orbán was giving a speech at Tusvanhos Summer University in Romania when he made controversial comments.

“We [Hungarians] not mixed race, and we don’t want to become mixed race,” Orban said.

He also criticized European UnionRussia’s strategy regarding the war with Ukraine, saying that sanctions against Moscow do not work.

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“A new strategy is needed, which should be focused on peace negotiations and drafting a good peace proposal … instead of winning the war,” Orban said.

Orban’s comments were met with anger across the continent and among members of the European Parliament.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban answers questions and answers from parliament in Budapest, Hungary, March 30, 2020.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban answers questions and answers from parliament in Budapest, Hungary, March 30, 2020.
(Zoltan Mate/MTI via AP)

“To all the mixed-race people in Hungary, whatever this senseless racist attack means: you may be of a different skin color, you may be from Europe or other countries – you are one of us, we are proud of you. Diversity strengthens a nation, does not weaken it,” wrote Romanian MEP Catalin Cech on Twitter.

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Alin Mituta, another Romanian politician, also chimed in, retweeting Cech’s comments and stating: “Talking about racial or ethnic ‘purity’, especially in a region as mixed as Central and Eastern Europe, is just nonsense and dangerous. So is Mr. Orban.” , Mr. Orban, we are ALL of mixed racial and cultural backgrounds. It’s one of the great things about being European.”

Viktor Orban has been Prime Minister of Hungary since 2010.

Viktor Orban has been Prime Minister of Hungary since 2010.
(Zoltan Mate/MTI via AP)

Mituta also called “Orban’s references to ethnic purity” a “shame”.

“Hungary has a complicated relationship with race and national identity because its language is unique and not related to any other European language. Therefore, the desire to preserve one’s national identity is understandable and not unique, ”- Rebecca Koffler, President of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting. , Fox News Digital reported.

Koffler continued: “It’s a pity that politicians like Orban downplay these complex issues and weaponize things like race. But, on the other hand, his opponents often distort and exaggerate what he says, for the same reason, to influence voters and followers.”

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech at the Migration Summit in Budapest, Hungary, March 23, 2019.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech at the Migration Summit in Budapest, Hungary, March 23, 2019.
(Tibor Illies/MTI via AP)

Orban has spoken loudly in the past about his anti-immigration In December, the prime minister violated European Union immigration law by passing a Hungarian law criminalizing lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers.

The prime minister has been campaigning on his “illiberal Hungary” platform ever since he announced in 2014 that he intended to build Hungary around the same concept.

“Viktor Orban is a typical politician who works (to) please his electorate and grow new followers. His right-wing rhetoric is aimed at his compatriots and other Europeans who are dissatisfied with the negative consequences of globalization and liberal politics,” Koffler added.

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Fox News reached out to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry and a representative of the European Parliament for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.