There is no place in Budapest and probably anywhere in the country where a conversation can take place without the mention of (illegal) migration. Most debates that I have overheard – or participated in – seemed to be going nowhere because the two sides were arguing about two different things. One side usually has a moral point of view, while the other approaches the topic from its practical side, when this is clearly a moral and practical issue. There is no question that Hungary and the EU as a whole need to do something about illegal migration, just as there is no question that we need to treat the people somehow making their way here as humanly as possible. There are countless articles in the liberal press that suggest Hungary should be ashamed of what it is doing to these people, but I strongly disagree. Sure, the words and campaigns of the government are harsh at times but if you think we are tough take a look at some of the rhetoric from Austria, Germany, Denmark or the United Kingdom. You’ll be surprised… At the same time, the country is setting up refugee centres – unlike Greece, an EU member since 1981 –, it actually registers asylum seekers, and volunteers are standing in line to help people arriving in various parts of the country. So while the answers to this problem are not always the perfect ones, to suggest that we should be ashamed is ridiculous. A good editorial usually ends with a sentence that sort of sums up the piece and manages to make the reader think at the same time. There is, however, no clever closing line this time. The reason is simple: it is just impossible to summarise this issue in a few words. And if you need a sentence to make you start thinking about the problem, then you probably spent the past few months on another planet.