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Jun 24, 2019

FM: Government does not support either Manfred Weber or Frans Timmermans to fill top EU positions

Péter Szijjártó said Hungary will only support candidates who have respect toward European nations, take up the cause of protecting Christian culture and stand for stopping migration rather than supporting it.

The Foreign Minister has said that the government does not support either Manfred Weber or Frans Timmermans to fill the top EU positions because they do not meet the expectations of the Hungarian people.

During an interview on Kossuth radio on Sunday, Péter Szijjártó said Hungary will only support candidates who have respect toward European nations, take up the cause of protecting Christian culture and stand for stopping migration rather than supporting it.

Minister Szijjártó said Central Europe has become Europe’s engine of growth with its national economies growing at a rate twice higher than that of the bloc’s average. “And behind the economic and security policy decisions of these countries there is rationale,” he said.

The Minister added that all this gives Hungary a mandate to support the position that out of the top four EU positions, one at least should be filled by a leading politician representing central Europe.

Hungary already called into question the spitzenkandidat system when it was introduced, Minister Szijjártó said, adding that “now many in the EU are of the opinion that it should be scrapped altogether”.

“The Visegrad Four [the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia] have found several allies on the matter,” the minister said, calling the grouping “the strongest and most effective cooperation within the EU”.

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