Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Thursday that the German-Hungarian cooperation “which existed in good times and also bad times over history” is greatly needed in the 21st century, and it should be further strengthened.
Gulyás told an event organized by the Nézőpont Institute and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) announcing the results of a poll dubbed Hungary-Germany 2023 barometer that there had been times in the past when Hungary-Germany relations were better. At the same time, the current results should be appreciated in the light of “how many people work for how long and how strong” on trying to deteriorate the two countries’ ties, he said. Gulyás said the disputes resulting from different political views must not be allowed to expand to the economy. “We do not belong to the European Union member states that want to live from the Germans’ money but Hungary offers a good investment opportunity for Germans to make money and profits, while the know-how, added value and technology also benefit the Hungarian economy,” he said. He said the greatest danger was if “cooperation gets lost in an area where the two countries basically think along the same lines”. Germany and Hungary both have an interest in a strong European Union and reject the new EU common debt, Gulyás said, adding that both countries considered competitiveness important. Citing a survey by the German Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, Gulyás noted that bilateral trade accounted for more than 25% of Hungary’s foreign trade, adding that 80% of German investors were considering further investments in Hungary. He however expressed concern over the low proportion of reports, only 23%, that show Hungary in a positive light in the German media.
Photo credit: MTI