Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó Talks Migration and National Referendum in CNN Interview

Publicated on: September 27, 2016

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó sat down for a one-on-one interview with CNN to speak on the topic of migration and the upcoming October migration referendum.

In an interview with CNN's Richard Quest, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó emphasized that Hungary remains the only EU member facing scrutiny for its efforts to stop illegal immigration and preserve freedom of movement within the Schengen Zone. to this end, the Foreign Minister pointed to the lack of international condemnation directed towards Bulgaria as well as British construction of a border fence at Calais. “There are rules and regulations for how to cross the border. If someone purposefully disregards these laws then we will not admit them,” said Szijjártó. 

“Everyone is very angry in Europe," Szijjártó said. "They are angry because there is an increasing gap between the European people and the European political elite. Europe’s political elite is currently afraid to ask the people their opinion on this matter, because it knows that the people disagree with them.” In relation to the October migration referendum, Szijjártó also pointed out that as a sovereign country Hungary has the right to state whether or not it agrees with certain policies.