The Czech Prime Minister received the Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán in Kramář’s Villa in Prague. Babiš will discuss with Orbán economic and industrial cooperation, defense, migration and the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
About two dozen demonstrators were waiting in front of the villa, mainly with European Union flags, in support of the LGBTQ community or also with the banner “Worst in covid, best in hatred” with portraits of Babiš and Orbán.
On the way to Ústí nad Labem, Prime Ministers Viktor Orbán and Andrej Babiš stopped at the MOL petrol station.
After negotiations in Prague, Babiš and Orbán left for Ústí nad Labem, and on the way they stopped at the MOL petrol station. MOL is a Hungarian oil and gas concern.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics also came with the Hungarian Prime Minister. In addition to Babiš, Hungarian politician will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček.
The delegations visit, among others, the company AERO Vodochody, which also, as the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic, focuses on the design and manufacture of military and civil aircraft.
During the meeting of the prime ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček separately discussed with the Hungarian ministries the support of the post-emergency economy, energy self-sufficiency and modernization of transport infrastructure, the responsible Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.
The gala lunch of the prime ministers took place in Ústí nad Labem at the Větruše chateau, where YES launched an election campaign at the beginning of September.
Babiš and Orbán took the cable car to Větruš. At the top, they were welcomed by the mayor Petr Nedvědický (YES). They all then entered the castle inside without any other comments.
Along the way, protesters shouted at them, of which we also met a few.
“We want to draw attention to the tendency for authoritarian and populist politicians to come together all over the world. These two gentlemen are trying to break up the European Union. They do this by provoking fear and hatred in their constituents, who are then willing to make their very irrational decisions, which lead us to come under the influence of China and Russia, “said one of them.
Then the politicians headed to the center of Ústí. A press conference and a meeting with YES supporters awaits in the theater, in front of which we are also protesters.
In the evening, the Hungarian Prime Minister will be received in Lány by President Miloš Zeman, said the President’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček.
Babiš and Orbán criticize the EU for migration
Babiš and Orbán have long-term good relations and have similar views on a number of things. 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. Both prime ministers agreed that illegal immigration into Europe should be prevented.
On Monday, the Czech government approved the deployment of fifty police officers to help protect the Hungarian-Serbian border. The contingent should go to Hungary in mid-October.
Hungary became the target of criticism in June for a law banning LGBT lighting. Prime Minister Babiš did not join the letter of the leaders of 17 EU countries in support of sexual minorities, whose initiative was initiated by law. According to him, Hungarian law does not apply to sexual practices, but is to protect children and parents.
The Hungarian prime minister has long been in dispute with many EU leaders, who are bothered by his style of government, which Orbán himself describes as illiberal democracy. Many of his colleagues criticize that the Hungarian government restricts media pluralism, academic freedom and the activities of non-governmental organizations.