Hungarian PM Viktor Orban warned of two civilisations in Europe - one Christian, the other mixed Islamic - as he called for an 'anti-immigrant' coup in the EU.
Speaking at a news conference in Budapest, Orban predicted there would be two civilisations, 'one mixed Muslim-Christian in the West, and one traditional European-Christian in Central Europe.'
The nationalist leader called for 'anti-immigration forces' to seize power in May's European elections and said he would 'fight' French President Emmanuel Macron, who he claimed was leading a pro-immigration agenda.
He welcomed a 'Warsaw-Rome axis' as he echoed calls for a 'European Spring' made by the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini who challenged the 'French-German axis' on Wednesday during a visit to Warsaw.
The Polish-Italian or Warsaw-Rome axis is one of the greatest developments that the year could have begun with,' Orban said.
Orban called Salvini his 'hero,' after the Italian leader said there would be a 'new plan for Europe' at talks with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of Poland's governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Orban said Salvini's stance was 'brave.'
'He was the first politician in Europe who said that migration can also be stopped at sea, that made him a hero in my eyes.' The 55-year-old Hungarian leader said.
Orban, who won a third consecutive term in April with an electoral campaign based on anti-immigration policies, also said that he had 'great hopes' for cooperation between Italy and Poland.
He gave full support to an Italian-Polish initiative to form a right-wing alliance for the European Parliament where he hopes anti-immigration parties will gain a majority.'
Read more: 'There will be two civilisations in Europe – one Christian, one mixed Islamic': Hungary's PM calls for 'anti-immigrant forces' to take over EU and says he'll 'fight' Macron to save his country
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