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Orbán: if EU doesnʼt pay, Hungary will turn to China

2018-01-12 09:21:00       source:Budapest Business Journal

January 11, 2018

Central Europe still has substantial handicaps to overcome due to a development gap in infrastructure and it would turn to China if the European Union cannot give financial support, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a forum of leading German companies in Berlin on Wednesday, as reported by state news wire MTI. 

"Central Europe has serious handicaps to overcome in terms of infrastructure; there is still a lot to be done in this area," Orbán was quoted as saying by Bertalan Havasi, his press chief, at the Welt-Wirtschaftsgipfel forum. "If the European Union cannot provide financial support, we will turn to China," he added.

Orbán said 2018 would be a "critical year" for Europe, stressing that the continent has to save the Schengen system if it is to retain or boost its competitiveness.  

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