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Oct 04, 2017

Hungary will always defend itself against measures imposed upon it from abroad

Hungary cooperates with the EU in respect of most common issues and common values, but identifies the issues with which it disagrees as this is inevitable and necessary for voicing a candid opinion

The Hungarian government will always defend the country’s best interests against decisions and measures imposed upon it from abroad, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said.

Speaking on the Deadline program, on Danish television channel DR, the spokesperson highlighted that when Hungary presents arguments against measures, plans or policies originating from Brussels, it seeks to find an outlet for expressing its dissatisfaction in connection with certain matters.

He explained that Hungary cooperates with the EU in respect of most common issues and common values, but identifies the issues with which it disagrees as this is inevitable and necessary for voicing a candid opinion.

Kovács pointed out that during communism, Hungary experienced what it was like when others tried to impose a policy on it from abroad. The country has recently expressed its disagreement in the context of illegal migration, certain economic measures and the methods of decision-making in the EU, he added.

He took the view that when Hungary is pursuing a political campaign, in actual fact, it merely frankly identifies all the issues in connection with which it is less than satisfied. At the same time, seeking to stop Brussels does not mean stopping the European Union, he said.

He added that Hungary respects other countries' traditions and decisions, therefore it expects everyone to respect its traditions, to listen to Hungary’s position regarding what is behind a specific decision, and not to seek to impose on it some biased opinion.