(MTI/AP/Ronald Zak)

Berlin, September 18 (MTI) – Hungary considers the outcome of Friday’s informal EU summit in Bratislava a vindication of its own policies, government spokesman Zoltan Kovács told German weekly Welt am Sonntag.

The paper said the Hungarian government believes its policies had a hand in European leaders committing themselves to boosting the protection of the bloc’s external borders.

“This result is due in large part to the resolute and united actions of the Visegrad Four countries,” Kovács told the paper.

Kovács also said Germany suddenly seemed to be changing its position on the migration issue.

On the topic of Brexit, Kovács said the British referendum on the country’s EU membership had given central European countries more power and influence in shaping the bloc’s future.

“This is the fastest-growing region in Europe, and these governments are the ones pursuing the strictest fiscal policies. In these areas we are a lot closer to the Germany mentality than others in Europe,” Kovacs said.

Asked why Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had not spoken at the summit, Kovács said: “There simply wasn’t enough time for that. There were a lot of people there.”

A roundup of the interview can be read in German online at: https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article158220034/Ungarn-bewertet-EU-Gipfel-als-Erfolg-seiner-Politik.html

Photo: MTI/AP/Ronald Zak

Source: MTI

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