The only real statesman in elective office in Europe at the moment, Hungary’s Viktor Orban, is calling for fundamental change:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said it was high time the European Union reconsidered the basic parameters binding it together, then revamp its founding treaties, or face political radicalization across the continent. Orban has been at odds with Brussels ever since coming to power in 2010, and recently became an outspoken critic of the EU’s handling of the migration crisis and other challenges.
Asked about a Dutch proposal to create a tighter core in the EU with external passport controls, dubbed a “mini-Schengen”, Orban said not only Schengen but other aspects of the EU were ineffectual today and needed to be reformed. He said the migration crisis and heightened risk of terrorism made new security and border control regulations necessary, and the recent euro zone crisis forced questions about a joint monetary policy without a common fiscal policy.
Hungary was one of the few EU countries (Greece and Italy were the others) who bore the full brunt of the Islamic “refugee” invasion of the old Continent this past summer. Unlike his counterparts in western Europe, Orban and his fellow Hungarians understood immediately what was happening, and quickly sealed their border to prevent a further influx of young, able-bodied, overwhelmingly male Muslims from trekking illegally through their country.
“Several things that happened in the past six to seven years prompt European leaders to rethink basic aspects of European politics,” Orban said in an interview with Hungarian public radio. “It is highly likely that then we will have to adjust the fundamental treaties of the EU. The Schengen treaty begs for correction. If you think back to the Greek financial crisis and the answers we gave to that, the situation is the same.”
The lack of coordinated fiscal policy to support joint monetary policy in the euro zone probably also called for amendment to EU treaties, he said. “If we want to step up against the terrorism threat, again we need to do the same. If we don’t want immigration to erode public safety then we need new rules. I think the time has come to ask the basic questions of the European Union once again.”
The EU was a bright shiny fantasy shared by France and Germany, now dissolving under the brutal reality of the world Obama and the Left have made. The next round of European elections will see a profound shift in the other direction.