The prime ministers of Hungary and Croatia discussed bilateral ties and challenges faced by Europe at their meeting on the sidelines of a European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki on Wednesday.
Viktor Orbán and Andrej Plenkovic reviewed topical political and economic issues and discussed their countries’ preparations for next spring’s European Parliamentary elections, Orbán’s press chief told MTI.
Parties at the talks advocated the “closest possible” cooperation within the EPP to secure the best results at the EP ballot in May.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also held talks with Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila on the sidelines of the European People’s Party congress.
Referring to recent remarks by EPP lead candidate nominee Alexander Stubb, Orbán said at the talks that “Stubb’s accusations against Hungary cannot damage excellent Hungarian-Finnish relations.”
Orbán had earlier voiced support for the candidacy of Manfred Weber to head the EPP rather than “pro-migration” Stubb.
Stubb said last week that the EPP should consider excluding Orbán’s ruling Fidesz. Unless Orbán pays respect to EPP’s values, he must leave the group, the Finnish politician said in an interview with the German media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.
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