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Hungary does not support Manfred Weber or Frans Timmermans, the lead candidates of the EPP and the European Socialists, for top EU positions because they do not meet the expectations of the Hungarian people, the foreign minister has said.

Péter Szijjártó said in a radio interview that Hungary will only support candidates who have respect for European nations, take up the cause of protecting Christian culture and stand for stopping migration rather than supporting it. Central Europe has become Europe’s engine of growth with its national economies growing at a rate twice higher than that of the bloc’s average, he said. “And behind the economic and security policy decisions of these countries there is rationale,” Szijjártó said. All this gives Hungary a mandate to support the position that out of the top four EU positions, one at least should be filled by a leading politician representing central Europe, he added. Hungary already called into question the spitzenkandidat system when it was introduced, Szijjártó said, adding that “now many in the EU are of the opinion that it should be scrapped altogether”. “The Visegrad Four [the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia] have found several allies on the matter,” the minister said, calling the grouping “the strongest and most effective cooperation within the EU”.