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Orbán wins the migration argument

Friday, September 15, 2017


Suddenly most EU leaders echo the Hungarian prime minister.

By JACOPO BARIGAZZI 9/15/17, 4:17 AM CET Updated 9/15/17, 9:36 AM CET


No one in Brussels wants to say it out loud, but Viktor Orbán is winning the migration debate.

The Hungarian prime minister may be much maligned in European capitals for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, his opposition to the EU’s refugee relocation policy, and for building a border fence.

But look closely at how EU leaders now talk about the issue and the policies they’ve adopted since the 2015 crisis, and it’s clear Orbán’s preference for interdiction over integration has somehow prevailed.

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