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Hungary's prime minister sees Europe wasting time on ideological debates, falling behind Asia

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi self-ruled Kurdish region, arrive for a news conference after their talks at the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, May 11, 2015. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi self-ruled Kurdish region, arrive for a news conference after their talks at the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, May 11, 2015. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi self-ruled Kurdish region, address the media during a news conference after their talks at the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, May 11, 2015. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi self-ruled Kurdish region, address the media during a news conference after their talks at the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, May 11, 2015. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's prime minster says that Asia represents an increasing challenge to the West and that while Europe, shocked by the January terror attacks in Paris, wastes time on ideological debates, the East works.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who last year came under widespread criticism for saying he wanted to build an "illiberal state," said in a speech published Monday on the government web site that it sometimes seemed that in Europe there was "greater honor for debate than for work."

Orban, who spoke Saturday to the Friends of Hungary Foundation, said Europe was trapped by "magic words" like multiculturalism and political correctness and weakened in the face of pressing issues like immigration.

Hungary has recently seen a steep rise in the number of arriving migrants and refugees.