But then backs off.
The conservative populists will not, in themselves, save Europe, even if they successfully impose a solution to the current migrant crisis. Their opposition to non-European immigration is as a rule instinctive and electoral, not ideological and principled. They oppose immigration, to the extent they do, because it pays and will cease to do so when it no longer pays. Indeed, Orbán’s poll numbers have shot up thanks to his successful crisis management and it is hard to say the extent to which his position is really ideologically principled or merely politically opportunistic. The conservative populists’ objective role — visible especially in France, Germany, and Belgium — has often been to steal votes from the nationalist far-right, without actually addressing the underlying problem of immigration.
Barring a bloody revolution, the only way for us to achieve the policies necessary to halt immigration and save Europe from destruction is by restoring that junction between our ruling elites and the ostracized nationalist dissidence. Thus our peoples’ interests and right to life would again be secured, and our ruling elites might again be legitimate leaders of the people they govern.
Some useful comments.
Wrong attitude. That softly softly approach is the exact attitude that has created this crisis. Those “migrants” effortlessly walking round the small numbers of Hungarian police initially posted on the border were already breaking the law. Remember this is a country that is prepared to use large numbers of police to arrest and expel one White Nationalist for trying to have a drink with a few friends before a conference.Cracking a few heads at the start of the crisis would have been well within Hungarian law, however much elements of the media screeched about it. Thanks to the initial laxness a lot more heads will have to be cracked, while those already in have already started to burden Europe in countless ways. This invasion happened on Obran’s watch. I’m not really sure he can ever make amends for that although it’s good to see him now trying. There are also problems with Hungary’s number two party, Jobbik, who tend to view the Islamic and non-European world sympathetically while maintaining revanchist claims against Hungary’s European neighbours.
Hungary’s leader Viktor Orban…told a German newspaper that he would take a refugee family into his own home if he was sure that this would not encourage others to make the journey to Europe. Asked in an interview with Germany’s mass-selling Bild whether he would put such a family up, Prime Minister Orban said: “Yes, if migrants did not take that as encouragement to come to Europe. That wouldn’t be advisable at the moment.”
He said his wife and children were already actively helping the refugees.
Orban, a conservative populist always keen to undercut his main political rival, the far-right Jobbik party…