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Hungary Accuses Merkel Of ‘Moral Imperialism’ Over Refugee Quotas

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday rejected what he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “moral imperialism” in Europe’s migrant crisis.

When asked what he expected from Merkel while Europe grapples with an influx of asylum-seekers, the right-wing leader grinned and said: “I have a long list.”

Orban accused Merkel of trying to impose her vision of an open European Union on the rest of the bloc.

“The most important thing is that there should be no moral imperialism,” he said during a visit to the southern German state of Bavaria.

Orban, speaking ahead of an EU summit in Brussels later Wednesday, said his country had a “democratic right” to a different approach.

The summit takes place amid a growing east-west split within the bloc after ministers forced through a controversial deal Tuesday to share out 120,000 refugees.

Hungary opposed the plan along with Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania.

“I don’t doubt Germany’s right to define its moral obligations for itself. They can decide if they accept every refugee or not… [but] that should only be compulsory for them,” Orban said.

“We are Hungarians however, we cannot think with German minds. Hungary should have the right to control the impact of a mass migration,” he said.

“The Hungarian people don’t want this, we ask that the wishes of Hungarians be respected.”

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico echoed Orban’s comments on Wednesday, saying his country would challenge the deal.

“We won’t implement this decision because we think it can’t work,” Fico said.