The migratory crisis that peaks in June, July and August 2015 will ignite Europe, especially Hungary, a country entering the Schengen area. The world suddenly discovers images showing endless columns of refugees, sometimes whole families. Driven from their country by wars or misery, these migrants will fuel heated controversy within the European Union: what to do with them?
In Budapest, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn opts for the strong way, mobilizing police and army and ordering the construction of a triple barbed wire fence along the southern border. The airlock in Hungary is closed, but migrants continue to reach Greece – from the Turkish coast – upstream.
While Orbán instrumentalizes refugees for domestic purposes and to assert themselves on the European plane, it is ultimately Angela Merkel who will settle the issue by negotiating with Turkey. Four years after the migration crisis of 2015, the subject is still at the heart of the electoral campaign in Hungary.
Although he will probably be re-elected MEP, the Hungarian Socialist Tibor Szanyi is not very optimistic for his own camp. A recent exchange with a cross voter in the street makes him doubt. Among others. "First he tells me all the harm he thinks of Viktor Orban, that he's a thug, a liar, a thief," he says. Full of hope, I ask him then for whom he will vote to the Europeans. Answer: For the Orban party, of course, because of the refugees! "