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Dutch Right-Wing Politician Geert Wilders Meets PM Viktor Orbán in Budapest

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.08.03.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the right-wing opposition Party for Freedom (PVV) had a meeting in Budapest with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday.

The Hungarian Prime Minister posted a photo taken on his office’s balcony with the comment: “A nice Dutch guy,” most likely referring to his critical remarks about Dutch PM Mark Rutte at the recent EU summit.

A nice Dutch guy

Közzétette: Orbán Viktor – 2020. július 31., péntek

 

“I don’t know what is the personal reason for the Dutch prime minister to hate me or Hungary, but he is attacking so harshly, and making it very clear that because Hungary in his opinion does not respect the rule of law, [it] must be punished financially,” the Prime Minister told reporters during the negotiations, adding that “if the deal is blocked, it’s not because of me but because of the Dutch guy.” Not long after, the EU summit successfully concluded with a compromise.

Geert Wilders also shared a selfie with the Hungarian PM on social media, calling Orbán a “great politician” with whom he “discussed a lot.”

The Dutch opposition politician has long-standing ties to Hungary. His wife, Krisztina Márfai, is Hungarian, and since their marriage in 1992 Wilders has regularly visited the country. In the past, he has expressed enthusiasm for the policies of the Prime Minister, praising Hungary’s border fence and Viktor Orbán for his attempt “to preserve the country’s Christian roots.”

Featured photo via Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page