Budapest, January 6 (MTI) – Prime ministers David Cameron of Britain and Viktor Orban of Hungary are expected to reach consensus on several issues at their meeting in Budapest on Thursday, analysts interviewed by the daily Magyar Idok said.
Both prime ministers reject the concept of a United States of Europe and rather favour a Europe composed of nation-states. They also agree that there is no need for transferring further competences to the European Union, political scientist Zoltan Kiszelly told paper’s Wednesday issue.
The demand that the EU members which are not part of the euro zone should be given a bigger say in influencing trends within the zone can be another matter of consensus, he said.
Orban and Cameron, however, will probably disagree on the issue of east European guest workers, he said.
Other topics expected to be on the agenda include the post-2020 EU budget and the future of Britain’s EU membership, Kiszelly said. It is not likely, however, that the migrant crisis will take centre stage as Britain has been exempted from observing the EU’s refugee rules, he added.
Tamas Lanczi, another political scientist, also expects consensus arguing that Hungary has an interest in an alliance with the United Kingdom.
The British bid to halt the inflow of east European guest workers by denying in-work benefits can also be raised, he said. As Orban suggested recently that some parts of the proposal could provide a basis for further negotiations, the two sides may reach a compromise, he said.