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GULYÁS: MIGRATION CENTRAL IN EP ELECTION

Migration is the "most important topic" for the upcoming European parliamentary elections, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, told a regular press briefing.
 

Gulyás said that Hungary’s border control prevents masses of migrants from attempting to enter the country illegally. “Since the border fence was built, migrants have avoided Hungary, but if the government changed its policy, Hungary would be a migrant destination again,” he said. On another subject, Gulyás said that Fidesz wants to stay a member of the European People’s Party (EPP). He voiced hope that the EPP will run “unified and strong” in the upcoming election with “Fidesz emerging as its strongest member”. Concerning conditions set by EPP group leader Manfred Weber for Fidesz to remain a member, Gulyás said that consultations had been held with EPP leaders at which the Hungarian government said it would not “compromise on its position of rejecting migration”. Gulyás said that Fidesz had had talks with CDU head Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Weber but not with Marine Le Pen’s RN party. He said that even if Fidesz were not an EPP member it “should have good relations” with Germany’s CDU/CSU parties but “it would not be possible” to cooperate with the AfD party.