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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán came under fire on Saturday after saying in a keynote speech that European countries with “racial mixing” were “no longer nations”.
Orbán was giving a speech at the Tusvanyos Summer University in Romania when he made the controversial comments.
“We [Hungarians] we’re not a mixed race and we don’t want to become a mixed race,” Orbán said.
He also criticized the European Union’s strategy towards the war against Ukraine, saying that the sanctions against Moscow were not working.
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“A new strategy is needed, which should focus on peace talks and writing a good peace proposal…instead of winning the war,” Orbán said.
Orbán’s comments were met with anger across the continent and by members of the European Parliament.
“To all ‘half-castes’ in Hungary, whatever this senseless racist outburst means: your skin color may be different, you may be from Europe or elsewhere – you are one of us, we are proud of you. Diversity strengthens the nation, not weakens it,” Romanian MEP Katalin Cseh posted on Twitter.
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Alin Mituta, another Romanian politician, also chimed in, retweeting Cseh’s comments and saying, “To talk about racial or ethnic ‘purity’, especially in such a mixed region as Central and Eastern Europe, is downright delusional and dangerous. Just like Mr. Orban. , Mr. Orban, we ALL have mixed and cultural origins. This is one of the great characteristics of being European.”
Mituta also called Orbán’s “references to ethnic purity” a “shame”.
“Hungary has a complex relationship with race and national identity because its language is unique and not related to any other European language. The desire to preserve its national identity is therefore understandable and not unique,” said said Rebekah Koffler, president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting. , told Fox News Digital.
Koffler continued, “It’s a shame that politicians, like Orban, have downplayed these complex issues and militarized 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 supporters.”
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Orbán has been vocal in the past regarding his anti-immigration stance, with the prime minister defying European Union immigration law in December via a Hungarian law criminalizing lawyers and activists helping asylum seekers.
The Prime Minister has been campaigning on his “Illiberal Hungary” platform since announcing his intention to build a Hungary based on this same notion in 2014.
“Viktor Orban is a typical politician who works (to) please his base and cultivate new supporters. His right-wing rhetoric targets his compatriots and other Europeans unhappy with the negative effects of globalization and liberal policies,” Koffler added. .
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Fox News contacted the Hungarian Foreign Ministry and European Parliament spokesperson for comment, but did not immediately respond.