Hungary's PM Orban says EU should change agreements

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants tighter core in EU, says it should revamp its founding treaties

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated on Friday that it was time the European Union should rethink the basic parameters which connect it together and update its founding agreements or face political radicalisation across the continent.

Orban has been at odds with Brussels ever since he returned to power in 2010, and is currently an outspoken critic of the EU's handling of the refugee crisis and other challenges.

He voiced support for a Dutch plan to create tighter external passport controls for the EU, create a "mini-Schengen" and said that Schengen is not important alone, as other elements of the EU are ineffective and need to be changed.

Orban said that the refugee crisis and rising risk of terrorism is leading to new security and border control rules and that the recent eurozone crisis has raised discussions about joint monetary policy without a common fiscal policy.

"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."

"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."

He mentioned last week’s Paris attacks and said, "Under such circumstances support keeps growing for radical, extremist, off-mainstream political forces that question the current European system but call a spade a spade."

"We must not stop speaking the truth to the radical parties because voters will follow those who speak the truth and European politics will grow more radical, which is in nobody's interest."

TRTWorld and agencies