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The European Council’s picks to head the bloc’s top institutions should be "granted trust in advance", the head of the Prime Minister's Office has said.

Gergely Gulyás told a regular press briefing that the Hungarian government and ruling Fidesz disagreed with some of the candidates on a number of issues, but “the head of the European Commission should act as guardian of the treaties despite those differences”. It is important that “our goals of stopping migration, protecting Christian culture and ensuring respect for a Europe of nations should not be the targets of attacks”, Gulyás said.

Meanwhile, Gulyás said that neither Frans Timmermans nor Manfred Weber had the ability to promote consensus between member states. “In light of recent developments the spitzenkandidat system has failed,” he said. Gulyás said he saw a good chance that Ursula von der Leyen, as head of the European Commission, would “mediate fairly between member states” and perform well in the role of guardian of the treaties. “We don’t have a problem if someone has different views on migration, unless they want to force their position on us,” Gulyás said. “We just expect tolerance.”