The Hungarian government “cannot contribute to the success of the EU summit if fundamental expectations are not met”, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the prime minister’s office, told a regular press conference. Concerning recent remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the EU would not tolerate violations of the rule of law, Gulyás said “it would be practical” if the EU “did not punish members, citing the rule of law, for their different political positions”, as it has happened in the case of Poland and Hungary. Asked if Prime Minister Viktor Orbán could veto the EU budget, Gulyás said “naturally, this is an option for any head of government, the Hungarian prime minister included”.
On the subject of Fidesz’s membership in the European People’s Party, Gulyás said that “Germany’s political position continues to be basically friendly”. In another development, Gulyás said that parliament next week could also discuss the issue of short-term home leasing. The government is initiating an amendment that would give complete freedom to local councils in the matter, he added.