Commenting the outcome of today's referendum in Hungary, president of the S&D Group, Gianni Pittella, said:
"The whole of Europe has won. Populism and xenophobia have lost. Orbán's lies have come up against a brick wall. The wall of hatred, lies and razor wire Orbán has built up to block refugees fleeing war is hopefully starting to fall down. The migration crisis needs a long term European answer based on solidarity and shared responsibility.
"We congratulate the majority of the Hungarian citizens who decided to stay at home and to truly act democratically by not playing Orban's dirty games, making this referendum invalid."