Germany ‘grateful’ for Hungary’s border protection efforts, says Hungarian minister Balog
German officials are “grateful” for Hungary’s efforts to protect the European Union’s external border, because these efforts also help protect Germany’s borders, Hungary’s minister of human resources said after talks with leading German officials in Berlin on Friday.
“In half-private, friendly conversations, everyone is grateful” to Hungary for the measures it has taken to manage the migration crisis, Zoltán Balog told Hungarian public media. He said German officials were starting to see that “[Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán was right”.
“We aren’t the ones who have changed, but rather it is the European position that has caught up with us,” he said.
Balog said this was demonstrated by the fact that European countries were now making sure to devote close attention to the protection of the bloc’s external borders, the enforcement of migration regulations and protective measures against terrorism.
The minister was in Berlin to attend an international prayer breakfast where he held talks with Bundestag president Norbert Lammert and German Health Minister Hermann Groehe, among other officials.