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Hungary and Germany should continue strengthening their cooperation in innovation and work to spread a culture of innovation that quickly turns ideas into products, János Csák, the minister of culture and innovation, said after meeting Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany’s minister of education and research, in Berlin on Monday. Csák, whose visit to Berlin is his first foreign trip as minister, told public media after his talks that he and Stark-Watzinger agreed that research and development “can’t just be about living out our curiosity”. “We need to get closer to the Americans, who are very fast when it comes to turning an idea into a product,” Csák said. “The future of Europe depends on whether we can spread this culture of innovation,” he added. Meanwhile, the minister said he hoped to see the kind of cooperation and goodwill he said characterised Hungarian-German ties on innovation in all areas of bilateral relations.