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Apr 04, 2019

House Speaker: Hungary and Italy share the same views regarding the future of Europe

László Kövér said he congratulated Salvini for Italy's recent successes in staving off illegal immigration

House Speaker László Kövér has said that Hungary and Italy share the same views regarding the future of Europe.

Following a meeting with Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in Rome, Kövér said that one of the shared views of the countries is their approach to illegal immigration and the question whether the future of Europe lies in letting in masses of migrants or supporting indigenous families.

According to MTI, Kövér said he congratulated Salvini for Italy's recent successes in staving off illegal immigration.

"Hungary has demonstrated that illegal migration by land can be stopped. Italy, in turn, has demonstrated what many doubted, that it can also be halted at sea," Kövér said.

Regarding Salvini's initiative to establish a new coalition within the European Parliament, Kövér said that Fidesz sees its future within the European People's Party, but the EPP must be open towards the right, not only the left. He said that Salvini will visit Hungary at the end of April or the beginning of May.

Kövér also said that his meeting with Robert Fico, the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and a member of the leftist Five Star Movement (the other half of Italy's ruling coalition) showed that Hungary can also work with them in several issues, such as the budget of the European Union for the next seven-year period.