Hungary’s PM Orban says Islam 'never part of Europe'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks to German magazine Focus about refugee crisis in Europe, says Islam has never been part of Europe

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Updated Oct 17, 2015

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban gave an interview to Germany's Focus news weekly on Friday about refugees who are mostly Muslim. 

He answered a correspondents questions about refugees and said "the language of the European elite is ideological and dogmatic."

"Islam has never been part of Europe, it came to us," he added.

He also talked about Germany's Turkish migrants, who arrived in tens of thousands in the 1960s, he said that, "now they belong to German history and therefore Europe's too."

"But spiritually, Islam was never part of Europe. It's the rulebook of another world," he added.

Hundreds of thousand of refugees have entered Europe in 2015 due to the war in Syria. Many of them have used Budapest's Keleti train station to try to reach Germany.

Also, Hungary closed its border with Croatia at midnight on Saturday.

Orban met with European Union leaders last month in Brussels and discussed the refugee crisis. He met with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council Chairman Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Martin Schulz, as well as Joseph Daul, the chairman of the European People's Party.

"The people want us to master the situation and protect our borders," he said.

"Only when we have protected our borders can questions be asked about the numbers of people we can take in, or whether there should be quotas," he added.

Orban had said his country was “overrun” with refugees and most of them were Muslim.

“That is an important question, because Europe and European culture have Christian roots. Or is it not already and in itself alarming that Europe's Christian culture is barely in a position to uphold Europe's own Christian values?” he asked.

TRTWorld and agencies