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The Hungarian government would regard the appointment of Frans Timmermans as European Commission president "unacceptable".

The reason why is that the candidate was backed by the Social Democrats and billionaire George Soros, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, said in a statement, responding to reports that Timmermans was on course to become the next EC chief. “During the commission [headed by Jean-Claude Juncker], it became clear that Frans Timmermans was George Soros’s man. If they installed him as commission president, then clearly George Soros’s puppet would be heading the commission.” This way, Soros would ensure that his interests regarding both migration and financial and economic policies were safeguarded, he added.

The state secretary said the Hungarian government would do everything it could to prevent such an outcome.

Visegrad Group leaders are in agreement that only candidates for European Union leadership positions who understand central Europe’s problems and identify with its viewpoint would be acceptable to them, Kovács said earlier at a press conference, adding that the V4 had reinforced its sense of unity and the basic principles they represent.