"Considering them victims does not mean we must make ourselves victims.” Hungarian PM Orban. "The primary duty of public authorities has always been to provide security to its own community and protect its own borders.” EC Pres. Tusk
10/22/15, "‘We are in deep trouble’," politico.eu, Ryan Heath, Madrid
Orbán has played an outsized role in setting Europe’s migration policy agenda in recent months, pulling the continent to the right with his decisions to build border fences, deploy armed forces and order the strip searching of migrants. His approach has divided the European People’s Party, as it struggles to contain the differences emerging between governments that stretch from Germany to Hungary.
Orbán suggested Merkel and other politicians were creating chaos by not upholding EU laws and encouraging refugees to push beyond the first safe country they reach.
“Free choice of host country is not included in international law,” he said.
In a separate speech to the EPP members, Merkel hit back at Orban, saying Germany’s generosity does not preclude border security.
“We insist on the territorial integrity of all countries in Europe. That is the basis of peaceful coexistence and we cannot make any compromises on that,” Merkel said.
Orbán argued the current refugee flow is no longer an emergency, but an “unlimited supply of people” on the move towards Europe that includes millions from Africa and “foreign fighters,” and European life was not open to them.“The German, Hungarian or Austrian way of life is not a basic right of all people on earth,” Orbán said. “It is only a right for those people who have contributed to it. We have to help them get back their own lives, with dignity, and we have to send them back to their own countries.”
While insisting these were not anti-Muslim views (“the Muslim faith is not responsible for this mass migration”) Orbán said: “We have heartfelt compassion for the people who left their homes. They are victims…but considering them victims does not mean we must make ourselves victims.”
Orbán accused Europe of showing a weak hand in current negotiations with Turkey and in dealing with the fall-out of conflict in Syria.
“Europe is currently rich and weak,” Orbán said. “This is a dangerous mix.”
“If based on the lack of our own power we expect the solution from Turkey, we are exposed,” he said. “This is the current situation of Europe. To avoid that we have to protect our borders. If we can’t do it in Greece…we have to do it at the western gate of the Balkans: Hungary.”
Merkel rejected Orbán’s arguments on Turkey. “(Turkey) tell us you are a rich European union and we have been hosting 2.5 million people for years. For a rich European Union this is the right thing to do. We cannot simply leave these people to our neighbors.”
Speaking between Orbán and Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk echoed some of the Hungarian prime minister’s arguments, but sought to soften the tone.
“Solidarity can no longer be equivalent to naivety,” Tusk said. “We cannot abdicate from our most important duties… the primary duty of public authorities has always been to provide security to its own community and protect its own borders.”
“We cannot pretend any longer that the great tide of migrants is something that we want and that we are conducting a well-thought out policy,” Tusk added. “We have lost our ability to control our borders…but on the other hand we cannot give into populism and xenophobia.”" via Pamela Geller