German administration backs Hungarian govt’s reforms, says minister

Berlin, October 24 (MTI) – Berlin “understands and essentially supports the Hungarian government’s reform endeavours,” Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog said, citing German Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann after meeting him on Wednesday.

Neumann added that Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel “assessed her meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban two weeks ago positively.”


Balog attended the inauguration of a Berlin memorial dedicated to the European Roma killed during the Nazi era. On this occasion he met Federal President Joachim Gauck, who had invited him for an official visit later this year.


“We have to gather Hungary’s friends, and I hope that Joachim Gauck is one of them. Due to his East German background, he must have more sympathy for Hungary’s problems,” he said.


Balog also held talks with MP Michael Roth, the Social Democrats’ parliamentary rapporteur about Hungary. Roth appreciated the Hungarian government’s efforts for the approval of the EU’s Roma strategy, and indicated his party’s interest “in conducting an objective debate about Hungary in Germany.”


Balog also met Bundestag Vice-President Katrin Goering-Eckhardt.

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