Orban has plans with Kurz

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache in Vienna on Tuesday.

Orban took the train to Vienna on Monday morning, and he also posted a video message in which he was talking about his plans:

“We would like to make agreements with them. The agreements should deal with migration, protecting Austria and Hungary and helping each other. I hope we manage to succeed.”

Last week, APA news agency learnt that Kurz and Orban will discuss several “sensitive” topics too, like Austria’s appeal against the European Commission for supporting the Paks nuclear plant’s expansion, and Austria’s decision to cut benefits of EU workers.

The two leaders are much more likely to agree on migration, APA writes, adding that both Kurz and Orban support strict immigration policy and the protection of external borders. According to current information, no press conference is planned.

Austrian daily Die Presse wrote last week that while Government Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs called it a „working visit”, other sources described it as an informal meeting. Austrian sources say Orban unsuccessfully tried to convince Kurz to visit Budapest, but Hungarian sources say an official visit by Kurz was already fixed for February, but Orban wanted to meet him before the European Council summit in February. Instead of bilateral issues, they’re more likely to discuss EU policies, and migration, on which they agree as both support border protection instead of relocation quotas. Kurz is set to visit Budapest late February or the beginning of March, but this hasn’t been confirmed by Vienna yet.

Orban also meets former chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, but not President Alexander Van der Bellen. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl visit Budapest in March.

Source: Hungary Journal/MTI
Photo: Kormany.hu

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