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Hungarian Prime Minister visits Chancellor

Advancing the European economy together

"Our economies are closely interconnected," declared Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, before a meeting with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Federal Chancellery. Now the two countries must pull together to advance Europe’s economy, she added.

Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for talks at the Federal Chancellery. Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the Federal Chancellery for talks Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

"Economic development in Hungary has been very, very positive – partly I believe because of the European Union," said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, when she met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Federal Chancellery. Hungary is one of the countries to emerge from a difficult economic situation thanks to clever investment. Today Hungary is actually looking to recruit skilled workers rather than having to cope with unemployment, Angela Merkel continued.

The 56-year-old Viktor Orbán has been Prime Minister of Hungary since 2010, an office he had already held from 1998 to 2002.

Germany and Hungary – close links, not only in economic terms

The degree to which the German and Hungarian economies are interconnected is often overlooked, stressed the Chancellor. As well as looking at how Europe can develop positively in economic terms, the two leaders also discussed the question of EU enlargement. They focused on the launch of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, given that Olivér Várhelyi, the current EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement, is Hungarian.

Feb 10, 2020