PM Orbán: Hungary won't sign any document that prohibits raising taboo issues

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hungary won't sign a single document that prohibits raising taboo issues told Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to reporters on Tuesday in Strasbourg, before addressing the European Parliament referring to the issue of death penalty.

The prime minister argued that the debate on death penalty in Hungary is a matter of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Our goal is not to have taboo topics in public discourse; Hungarians are the only ones that can decide what issues they want to debate about - said PM Orbán.

Regarding the new EU migrant quota system the prime minister remarked that past experiences show that when the issue of immigration regulated from Brussels it didn't work. Immigration is the sole responsibility of the state. The state should decide whether it wants to accept immigrants or not.

The Hungarian position is that citizens should decided whether they want to accept immigrants into their country or not. "The issue of immigration should not be regulated from Brussels, it didn't work in the past and we entertain even less hope now for a centrally regulated quota system," Orbán added.

Earlier the day, the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér remarked that the introduction of quota system for EU migrant distribution is a ruse. Its purpose is to force the idea of federalism on the independent nations of Europe downgrading them to provincial status.

(MTI –


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