PM Viktor Orbán met Horst Seehofer, Minister-President of Bavaria and head of Germany’s Christian Social Union (CSU), for bilateral talks. Talks were “honest, open and fair as always”, Orbán told.
Main point was migration which, according to PM Orbán has become a “democracy issue” in Europe, and argued that democracy is always disturbed when leaders act differently from what the people want but added that 2018 “will be a year to restore the will of the people”. Concerning German politics, Orbán said he would not behave disrespectfully and interfere with Germany’s domestic affairs. “Germany’s decisions will be taken by Germany’s politicians” he added. Orbán said he had learnt a lot from Seehofer, including “the important rule that you cannot build any legislation on unlawfulness, and the law must always be minutely observed”.
On economy, they agreed that one country cannot live on the money from another and that each EU member must come up with their own achievements. The national debts should be reduced, the budget deficit kept below 3% of GDP and reforms introduced in the labour market of each country, Orbán added.
Horst Seehofer told that Bavaria will establish an alliance with the central European countries, and he would lead efforts to intensify cooperation between Bavaria and central European nations, he added. He highlighted that Bavaria’s trade turnover with the Visegrad Four countries surpassed even the one between France and Britain. Alexander Dobrindt, leader of the CSU parliamentary group, said that “Hungary is defending [the EU’s] external borders in line with the rule of law”. Hungary is an important negotiator of strategic issues on European level he added.