Babiš describes Orbán, who does not have many allies in the European Union, as his friend. They have similar views on anti-immigration policy, which is one of the topics of the election campaign in the Czech Republic. Last week, Babiš was on a two-day visit to Hungary, where he attended a demographic summit. At that time, the prime ministers jointly criticized the European Union, which, according to them, does not sufficiently protect its borders from illegal migration.
Babiš received the Prime Minister of Hungary on Wednesday morning in Kramář’s Villa, where there were approximately two dozen demonstrators with, among other things, European Union flags. The topic of the policy talks is economic and industrial cooperation, defense, migration and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The gala lunch of the prime ministers was prepared at the Větruše chateau, where the ANO movement launched an election campaign at the beginning of September. At that time, the Prime Minister’s son Andrej Babiš Jr. arrived unexpectedly. Politicians from the city took the cable car to the chateau.
Before Větruší, several people with transparent ones were waiting for the prime minister. “Shame,” they shouted as Orbán and Babiš got off the cable car. They crossed the group and entered the restaurant. They did not stop at the planned joint photo in front of the chateau. “We both gentlemen, who appeal to those still instincts, evoke hatred and fear, we accompany all day,” said one of the protest organizers, Otakar van Gemund, who was already in front of Kramář’s villa when Orbán arrived in Prague. “I see the visit to Orbán as a pre-election event and directly as a provocation of the populist-nationalist movement that is rampant here in Europe,” said the activist.
Move Orban. The Hungarian Prime Minister will support Babiš directly in Ústí nad Labem, where the chairman of ANO is running
The press conference will take place at the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theater in the center of the regional town, where the ANO movement invited its supporters. They will be able to take part in the prime ministers’ debate after the end of the work program.
In the evening at 19:00 Orbán will be received at the chateau in Lány by President Zeman. According to the director of the Foreign Department of Prague Castle, Rudolf Jindrák, they should talk together, for example, about the current political situation. Which Czechia is waiting for elections next week, they will be held in Hungary in half a year. The one-hour meeting, which is also attended by representatives of the Hungarian and Czech delegations, will also address issues of migration, the situation in Visegrad, which includes Poland and Slovakia in addition to the Czech Republic and Hungary, and the upcoming Czech EU presidency. One of the main Czech priorities will be the issue of integration of the Western Balkans, ie Hungary’s neighbors, into European structures. Zeman and Orbán could also talk about rising energy prices or the construction of a Hungarian nuclear power plant, on which Hungary is cooperating with Russia.