Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview on Friday that gaining the European Commission’s enlargement and neighborhood post was Hungary’s “biggest diplomatic success of the past ten years”.
In the interview to public Kossuth Radio, Orbán said that over the past ten years Hungary had never managed to attain comparable influence in the EU, and the post would be “the most important” of the next five years.
He noted that the post covered migration, security and aspects of energy policy, since the Hungarian commissioner would also be dealing with the Caucasus and Azerbaijan.
Orbán said many people had striven to prevent Hungary from capturing the post, and the opposition had joined forces in Brussels to try to prevent Olivér Várhelyi from being appointed, while US financier George Soros, the prime minister insisted, had personally intervened with the same aim in mind.
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