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Jul 12, 2019

PM Orbán: Mistakes in Brussels need to be remedied

“Westerners and central Europe agreed on German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen,” PM Orbán said. The V4 had ranked her third on its list, and there would now be a chance that the commission presidency would make Europe strong while respecting national interests, he added.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the government has managed to enforce the declared will of Hungarians who voted in the European Parliament elections by getting people into top European Union posts who respect nations and oppose migration.

During an interview on his regular Kossuth radio slot, PM Orbán insisted that many of Europe’s problems were linked to leaders in the EU who supported migration. He said Socialist candidate Frans Timmermans, “the candidate of [US billionaire George] Soros” had been torpedoed.

The Prime Minister added that the European People’s Party’s Manfred Weber would not end up as head of the European Commission because he had spoken “disrespectfully about the citizens of several countries, including Hungary”.

“Westerners and central Europe agreed on German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen,” PM Orbán said. The V4 had ranked her third on its list, and there would now be a chance that the commission presidency would make Europe strong while respecting national interests, he added.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the economic performance and political stability of the group that “promotes the interests of 63 million people with due weight”. PM Orbán said central Europe was backed by Croatia and Romania when it came to nominating top European officials.

Concerning von der Leyen, PM Orbán said that selecting “a German mother of seven” in itself showed “the winds of change” in Brussels. He added that it would be premature to celebrate at this stage, however, because the past five years had witnessed “many mistakes in Brussels” concerning terrorism, public security, migration and the economy, which “need to be remedied”.

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