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It was a good decision to "keep the ideological guerrillas away" and vote for leaders who have a "pragmatic instinct for life", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after meeting European Commission EC President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.

“We have come to a good decision, so far,” Orbán told public television. He called Von der Leyen a politician “whose ideas for the future coincide with the same issues that concern us”. He cited security and the future of children and families as examples, adding that the development of a European military and arms industry were shared goals. Von der Leyen has a sensitive approach to issues such as migration, and she has demonstrated that she can also “think with the head of a central European”, Orbán added.

“We’ll see what happens,” Orbán said, adding that the chance of achieving “sensible solutions” was higher than in the past and better than had any other candidate for the EC post been selected. Orbán qualified Thursday’s meeting as “successful”. Von der Leyen, he added, was “passionate” about the European Union’s survival and “instinctively” rejected any issue that divided member states. “We also want the various European Union countries to be brought together so that every country should remain as they are, Hungary could stay as Hungary,” he said.