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Hungary is among the European Union’s most active members when it comes to security and defence policy, Justice Minister Judit Varga said, attending the Berlin Security Conference. Varga said cooperation with Germany in this area was “exceptionally good”. She told journalists during the break of the conference that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had spoken about boosting Europe’s defence capabilities as early as 2016, “and this idea is gaining traction”.
At a panel discussion concerning the role of women in peace and security, Varga said Hungary has been active in strengthening the position of women, and the government is drafting a related action plan. She noted that the Hungary Helps scheme provides support to people living in war zones, and the aid it delivers to such areas eases the everyday lives of women. Hungary, she added, is helping to rebuild Karakos, the largest Christian city in Iraq, which suffered at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Meanwhile, Varga also met senior editors of influential German papers. She said reports on Hungary by Germany’s mainstream media were “critical in tone”, and much which was positive was passing German readers by, such as increased international recognition for Hungary’s contribution to Europe’s security and to its security beyond Europe’s borders.