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Juncker: Orbán Should be Thankful to Merkel Rather than Criticizing Her

Fanni Kaszás 2019.10.29.

Frankfurter Rundschau published a long interview with the outgoing President of the European Commission. Commenting on the German government’s response to the refugee crisis in 2015, Jean-Claude Juncker noted that Viktor Orban should be thankful to the German Chancellor instead of criticizing her moves. Zoltán Kovács, international spokesman for the Hungarian government, responded to the statements on Twitter.

To the question of his opinion on the response of the German government in retrospect, Juncker said that “Merkel did not open the borders, she just hasn’t closed them. That’s a big difference. Closing the borders would put Austria and Hungary in an impossible position, leaving hundreds of thousands of people stranded in the Alps and at the Keleti Railway Station.” He added that that is why

Viktor Orbán should be thankful to the German Chancellor rather than criticizing her.

International spokesperson for the government, Zoltán Kovács, reacted to the interview and Juncker’s statements on Twitter, saying “Merkel didn’t consult anyone. She made decisions she didn’t have any right to make. And we still suffer from their consequences.” Adding that the moves of the German government resulted in “hundreds of thousands of immigrants” residing in Europe “unwilling to integrate or go back home.”

In the interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, Juncker not only talked about the refugee crisis, but he also said that if his mandate expires, he “will leave Brussels faster than Britain will leave the EU.”

photo: Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Szecsődi Balázs