Hungary sticks with its right to protect its borders: PM Orban

Reuters , Monday 17 Sep 2018

Viktor Orban
File Photo:Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a news conference in Budapest, Hungary.(Reuters)

It is unacceptable for the European Union to strip Hungary of its right to protect its borders, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told parliament on Monday, criticizing a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to strengthen the Frontex border agency.

"It is welcome that instead of (migrant) quotas, the European Union finally turns its attention to the protection of borders," Orban said.

"However, it is not right that we should be stripped of our right to protect the borders and Brussels wants to take responsibility for this instead."

He said this is the stance he would represent at a meeting of EU leaders in Salzburg later this week.

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