Hungary's leader: European Union seeks to undermine border defense tasks

Viktor Orban

"At least the people - a proof that in the country there are other opinions".

"They were unable to keep the United Kingdom within Europe, and they were unable to keep the migrants out, outside of Europe", Orban said. Orban said this is the stance he would represent at a meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg later this week.

"Theresa May should do what Gove failed to do and condemn the Hungarian government".

"Today Michael Gove refused to condemn Viktor Orban who leads the Hungarian government's pandering to antisemitism and Islamophobia, attacks on judicial and media independence and abhorrent treatment of refugees and minorities".

Hungary will file a case at the European Court of Justice, said Mr Orban's chief-of-staff Monday, as the vote did not include abstentions in the calculation of the two-thirds majority necessary for its adoption, and hence broke EU rules according to Budapest.

Since coming to power, his government has taken a hard-line stance against immigration.

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to sanction Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption in an unprecedented step that left Orban isolated from some powerful allies in the European Parliament.

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The ultimate sanction, the suspension of Hungary's voting rights, is not being proposed. The EU member states may also choose to address recommendations to Hungary to counter the risk.

Hungary "understands border defence better than anyone in Brussels or an worldwide organisation", he said.

Tory peer Lord Finkelstein, who is Jewish described the move by Conservative MEPs as "very distressing" and it was condemned by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain.

A source told the Press Association Mr Gove's "instinct" was to be "critical" of Mr Orban. "Orban and his Fidesz party lost in European parliament, and Hungary has won".

Asked by Marr if the party needed Mr Orban's support for its Brexit plan, Mr Gove said: "No, because I think it would be wrong for me at a time when we need solidarity against a number of different threats - you mention anti-Semitism".

"We - the citizens of the European Union".

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