At an event commemorating the 1956 Hungarian uprising against the Soviet Union, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban compared the European Union to the Soviet Union.
Orban warned that the nation-state must avoid “Sovietization” from Brussels (the EU capital).
“People who love their freedom must save Brussels from Sovietization, from people who want to tell us who we should live with in our countries,” said Orban to a cheering crowd.
Orban says Hungary must defend their borders from mass migration. Hungary rejected the approach taken by Angela Merkel of accepting massive amounts of refugees, and has sealed their border to prevent a huge influx.
Is the EU breaking up?
The Brexit vote, increased border construction, and rising political divisions show that the European Union is already breaking up in spirit, if not in practice.
Europe is clearly no longer united or moving in the same direction. Rejection of centralized control – particularly the dominance by Germany – is pushing countries to reassert national power and national independence.
This makes sense. Distant elites governing from a far-removed capital can only have tenuous credibility – and only when people feel safe and the economy is growing in a way that benefits a wide range of society. That’s not happening. Terrorism is rising and the economy of Europe is stagnant.
The promises of the Brussels elites have not been kept, so why would any country give up their sovereignty to people who seem incapable of getting things done?
Hungary’s growing opposition to the EU is just the latest sign that the European Union is weaker than ever before.
Photos – Theophilos Papadopoulos, Patrick