Protests at the Parliament building of Hungary during the referendum
According to the German Tagesspiel, Asselborn, commenting on the outcome of the referendum in Hungary about the EU quotas for the resettlement of migrants, said that the low turnout (40%), where voting was declared invalid, meant that the inhabitants of the country had a “passive resistance” Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“It’s a bad day for Mr. Orban and a good day for Hungary and the EU” – said Asselborn.
According to him, the decision of the Hungarians did not come to the referendum showed that the residents of the country are Pro-European.
Another described the results of a vote, Orban. He pointed out that although the results of the referendum declared invalid by the fact that 98% of voters opposed the proposed EU quotas for the distribution of migrants will help the country in negotiations with Brussels. Orban noted that in support of its position were made by more people than in 2003, when the Hungarians voted for joining their country to the EU.
Migration policy of Budapest was not the first time became the reason for disputes between Orban and Asselborn. On 13 September, the foreign Minister of Luxembourg in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt has suggested to exclude Hungary from the EU, explaining that the construction of the wall of the migrants on the border and the violation of freedom of speech “does not correspond to the fundamental values of the European Union”.
In response, the head of the foreign Ministry of Hungary Peter Szijjarto called Asselborn frivolous man who “works tirelessly on the destruction of European security and culture.”