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May 27, 2019

FM Szíjjártó: Electing the new Commission president won’t be easy

The FM said the greatest challenge ahead is whether Europe can be turned into a strong integration of strong nations, whether we can defend Christian culture and whether, with respect to migration, “the term ‘to manage’ can be replaced with the term ‘to halt’”.

The Foreign Minister has said that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz will have a strong mandate in the new European Parliament which is just as well seeing how forming political alliances will be much more difficult than before.

“Tomorrow serious debates will begin about personnel issues and which way the future of Europe lies,” Péter Szíjjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said on Sunday.

Minister Szíjjártó said that in light of the overall results of the election this debate will be even more difficult, thus the Hungarian delegation will also need to be stronger.

“This result, the trust and the clear mandate will give us the power to efficiently represent Hungarian interests,” Minister Szíjjártó said.

The Minister added that the greatest challenge ahead is whether Europe can be turned into a strong integration of strong nations, whether we can defend Christian culture and whether, with respect to migration, “the term ‘to manage’ can be replaced with the term ‘to halt’”.

Minister Szíjjártó said that as a result of changed power balances in many European countries, he expects “significant movement”. He added that unlike the past, when the two largest EP groups had an easy choice, now further negotiations will be required and even the candidate system has come under question recently.

“The election of the future European leaders will be neither easy, nor quick,” he said.

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