Hungary: Europe losing Christian identity

Hungarian Prime Minister has expressed concern that migration is causing Europe to lose its Christian identity.

Hungary: Europe losing Christian identity

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Hungary's prime minister, who has expressed fears that migration will undermine Europe's Christian identity, told Egypt's visiting president Friday that he nonetheless respects Islam "as one of the great intellectual and spiritual creations of humanity."

"In many places in Europe today there is fear of Islam, moreover there are places where it is considered an enemy," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. "Hungary is not such a country."

Orban also told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that Egypt was necessary for stability in the Arab world and "since distances in the modern world have shrunk ... there is no stability in Europe without a stable Egypt."

El-Sissi, who overthrew his democratically elected Mohamed Morsi following mass protests in 2013 urged Hungary to participate in Egypt's economic development and act as an advocate for his country.

"I expressed my desire ... for Hungary to take a stand for Egypt within the European Union and explain to the Europeans the results achieved by the Egyptian leadership in the past year," el-Sissi said.

El-Sissi's visit to Germany on Tuesday was met by protesters and Chancellor Angela Merkel was critical of the large number of death sentences handed out in Egypt since Morsi's ouster.

In contrast, Orban, said Western ideals were not necessarily suited for everyone.

"Deciding this is not our job, so we are not professors of democracy," Orban said. "We are glad that the Egyptian people are traveling down their own path," adding that he hoped for their success.

During their meeting, the two countries signed several cooperation agreements and Orban said Hungary would provide scholarships to 100 Egyptian students.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2015, 11:43