Orbán said an "alliance" had formed in Brussels between "the European bureaucratic elite and the Soros empire in opposition to the people". He said the "Soros plan" involved importing one million migrants to the EU and giving them 15,000 euros each. Moreover, migrants would be distributed among member states by a new EU agency, he said.

Referring to some German politicians accusing Hungary of not being loyal to the rest of the EU, Orbán said Hungary had spent as much as 260 billion forints on defence against the wave of migration, and "the EU should not speak about solidarity before they repay what they owe us for protecting Europe".

Europe must restore its independence and undergo reforms in order to survive and remain European, he added. Reforms should start by putting an end to migration, each EU member protecting their own borders.

Promoting migration is not an adequate response to economic problems, the prime minister said. Making an analogy of a castaway drinking seawater, he said: "It is water, but it will only aggravate the problem".

Orbán said the culture of migrants "is in sharp contrast to European culture". While in Europe equality between women and men was the norm, in Islamic culture women were subordinated. Further, Muslim communities considered their culture stronger than Christianity. "The stronger never adapts to the weaker," he said. "Integration can never succeed. We can never be loyal to ideas, people or groups that aim to change European culture."

Referring to his government's earlier position that economic problems should be addressed through promoting childbirth rather than using immigrants, Orbán said Hungarian families should have on average 2.1 children to make the country "biologically sustainable". He said the government could promote such tendencies through building a pro-family environment.

Orbán noted that the Hungarian government collects funds from multinational companies in the form of special taxes to finance its family subsidy system. "We take away a part of the large profits to give to those who work and raise children thus ensuring the nation's future."

Talking about the future of Europe, he told the gathering the cardinal question would be whether "Europe continues to belong to the Europeans and Hungary continues to be the land of Hungarians".

Citing the results of a European study financed by the Hungarian government, he said 64 percent of Europe's citizens thought that crime increased in line with migration and 79 percent thought that migration would lead to changes in culture. Eighty-one percent of respondents said migration was a serious problem, which, according to 36 percent of respondents should be addressed by the EU.

Sixty-one percent, on the other hand, thought that the migration problem should be resolved by member states. Orbán said 25 percent of Hungarian respondents would not give the EU further authorisations, while 61 percent would even reduce the powers of European institutions. "Here in eastern Europe, 27 years ago we thought that Europe would be our future. Now we think that we are Europe's future," he said.

Concerning next year's parliamentary election, Orbán said "it is at stake whether the Soros plan can be implemented and the (border) fence pulled down". He insisted that as long as he was prime minister "the fence will stay" and Hungary would protect its borders.

He added that the opposition "openly advocates" pulling the fence down and allowing in immigrants. The opposition "will agree with a complete and mandatory distribution of migrants; they are ready to deliver Europe to a future of a new and mixed (ethnic) composition". He encouraged his audience to register and cast their ballot, and argued that a strong mother country is a prerequisite to the survival of ethnic communities.

László Botka, prime minister candidate of the opposition Socialist Party, said that at the 2018 election Hungarians will choose "between Viktor Orbán and Europe". Botka said people will also vote for "an unjust Hungary lagging behind" or for a future "built on equality and justice".

He called emigration the largest problem Hungary was facing and said it would escalate to be "the largest exodus" in the country’s history unless the current economy policy "favouring only the rich" is dropped.

Radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gábor Vona said Orbán had proved again that he can only provide the image of an enemy instead of decent wages and pensions, modern health-care or education for the public.

"Hungarians are fed up with incessant warfare, the arrogance of power-holders and corruption," Vona said. Orbán "is fighting with his own demons" and worried about his power rather than the fate of the country, he said. Instead of following "Orbán's obsessions", Hungary should "step on the road of sober mind".

According to the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK), Orbán has "lost any contact with reality" and "got caught up in his own propaganda". DK deputy leader Tibor Nagy-Huszein said Orbán's speech failed to reveal real problems such as the country's ailing health-care or education, or why salaries were in the lowest range within the EU.

Nagy-Huszein said Orbán had alluded to possible future alliances that would be in conflict with the EU, and suggested that "Orbán could still be working to lead the country out of the EU".


Attack on protester ‘unacceptable’

The assault on a protester during the prime minister's speech was "totally unacceptable", Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. A young woman was blowing a whistle in protest against Viktor Orbán during the speech in Romania. A photographer grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground. She was then led out from the grounds by security personnel. Answering a question at a press briefing on a different topic, Szijjarto said the issue did not warrant investigation by the Hungarian authorities. The assaulter is the husband of an employee of the Hungarian consulate-general in Miercurea Ciuc (Csikszereda) in Romania and was given occasional assignments as a photographer, the minister said, but not any longer.

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