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 as he challenged the 'French-German axis' on Wednesday during a visit to Warsaw.
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 comments in Warsaw were 'brave.'
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.
The Polish and Italian ruling nationalist parties currently sit in different European Parliament groupings to Orban's Fidesz, which is a member of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).
Orban's stance set up the prospect of a southern and eastern European axis against a France-German tandem ahead of the EU elections which could redraw the continent's political map.
Salvini said during a visit to Warsaw on Wednesday that Italy and Poland should join forces in a euro-sceptic alliance.
'The Polish-Italian or Warsaw-Rome alliance is one of the greatest developments that this year could have started with,' Orban said, describing Salvini as a 'hero' for stopping migration at the shores of Italy.
'I am pinning great hopes on this.'
Hungary's goal is to gain an anti-immigrant majority in the European Parliament, then in the executive European Commission, and later, as national elections change the continent's political landscape, the European Council, where national leaders make the most important EU decisions, Orban said.