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Jul 03, 2019

PM Orbán: Serious mistakes have been made in the EU over the past few years

PM Orbán said that although economic policy, migration policy and “respect for the nations” were still problematic issues, the chances to find a solution were much better now.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has highlighted that serious mistakes have been made in the European Union over the past few years which will have to be put right.

PM Orbán made the comment in light of the EC council meeting resuming on Tuesday, when the council nominated German politician Ursula von der Leyen for the position of head of the European Commission, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for head of the European Council and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell for High Representative for the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

PM Orbán said that although economic policy, migration policy and “respect for the nations” were still problematic issues, the chances to find a solution were much better now. The future still “holds battles” as differences in opinion prevail, he said.

“An important victory has been achieved but new debates keep coming up in international politics,” he said. “At least now we have the strength to stand up for ourselves,” he added.

The Prime Minister said the Visegrad Group‘s role is especially important now, and not only in light of the recent events. The alliance of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland is a “success story”, he said, as the group of nations showing the most solidarity with each other within the bloc.

PM Orbán praised Andrej Babis, prime minister of the Czech Republic which currently holds the V4 rotating presidency, for keeping the group united. The Visegrad Group leaders represent 62 to 63 million people together, their combined trade volume with Germany exceeds that of France or Italy, and these countries have the fastest economic growth and fastest falling unemployment rate, he added.

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