Masses were demonstrating against the Czech government in Prague this Saturday. Meanwhile, the Czech politicians quarelled about the influence of the Hungarian prime minister. The former Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, claimed that the current government dissolved the V4-cooperation (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czechia). The Czech foreign minister claimed that the V4 cooperation weakened because of Orbán’s attitude towards the war in Ukraine.
Orbán’s influence in the Czech Republic
Jan Lipavský also reminded when Orbán was in Prague, he took some photos with a far-right Czech politician. That clearly shows the current policies of the Hungarian government, Lipavský added. The Czech top diplomat also highlighted that under the Babiš government, the country was “governed” by Budapest. But the Czechs do not need Orbán to lead them, he said.
On Saturday, 70 thousand people protested against the Fiala government. The demonstrators demanded military neutrality, the end of foreign dependence and a new gas contract with Russia. The prime minister argued pro-Russia forces organized the demonstration and the demands did not meet the country’s interests, Magyar Narancs reported.
President to travel to Bucharest next week
President Katalin Novák will travel to Bucharest at the invitation of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday next week, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Saturday.
In addition to meeting her Romanian counterpart, President Novák will be received by Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, President ad interim of the Senate Alina-Stefania Gorghiu, and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ion-Marcel Ciolacu. Novak will also meet Hunor Kelemen, president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSz), deputy prime minister, and the other RMDSz ministers of the Romanian government.
The last official meeting between a Hungarian and Romanian president in Bucharest took place in 2010.
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Source: Magyar Narancs, MTI
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