Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, met the Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, Gergely Gulyás, and the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Zsolt Németh, in Berlin for an exchange of views.
Their talks focused on the increasing numbers of refugees and the often dramatic situation of refugees who try to reach Europe. “We must address this task resolutely, rapidly and with solidarity within the European Union. I hope we will soon agree on joint steps that will alleviate the refugees’ suffering, curb the dangers and lead to an equitable distribution in the EU,” Germany’s Minister of State for Europe said with conviction.
He also expressed concern that at times too little is being done to foster a culture of welcome for people in need. Roth said that politicians must take the populations’ genuine worries seriously. At the same time, he pointed out, they must not allow populist forces to exploit this fear for their own purposes. Roth, Gulyás and Németh also discussed the future of the Eastern Partnership, which they all regard as extremely important for Europe’s stability.