Foreign Affairs

Germany’s New Ambassador To Hungary Announced At Round-Table Talk In Budapest

Volkmar Wenzel is to be named Germany’s new ambassador to Budapest, replacing outgoing ambassador Heinz-Peter Behr, who was reportedly unable to continue in his service due to serious illness.

Volkmar Wenzel has previously served as Germany’s Ambassador to Morocco (photo: finances.gov.ma)

The incoming ambassador was announced at a round table talk on Tuesday evening by Manfred P. Emmes, Chargé d’affaires of the German Embassy in Budapest. Volkmar Wenzel is known as an experienced diplomat, he has served as Germany’s Ambassador to Morocco since 2014. Previously, he also served as Germany’s Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The round-table discussion on German-Hungarian relations was held in the building of the German Embassy in the Buda Castle. Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Gergely Gulyás told the audience that the recent remark by Angela Merkel, in which she suggested that the Hungarian government “misled” migrants arriving in the country in September 2015, was mistaken.

In an interview to German paper Welt am Sonntag at the weekend, the German Chancellor said that migrants who had departed from Budapest on foot towards the Austrian border in 2015 had done so because they had been “misled” by the Hungarian government, adding that the fact “some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on. That contradicts the spirit of Europe.”

Gergely Gulyás said that migrants might have been misled indeed, but the real question is „by whom?” Gergely Gulyás said, however, that “conservative CDU/CSU are our allies, our only possible allies in Germany”. Commenting on economic relations, he noted that the volume of trade between the Visegrad Group and Germany was even higher than German-French trade.

Gergely Gulyás (on the left) says Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU) are the “only possible allies” of the Hungarian ruling parties in Germany (photo: budapest.diplo.de / Ungarn Heute)

via MTI and ungarnheute.hu; feautred photo: Hungary Today