On Wednesday, May 30, the Embassy of Hungary and the Meridian International Center co-hosted Mr. Péter Szijjártó Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for a briefing on 'Europe at a Crossroads.'

The subject of the conversation facilitated by Meridian’s President and CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday was Europe’s transformation and Hungary’s view on a range of issues.

Minister Szijjártó emphasized that Hungary's is interested in a strong European Union, although it is currently facing unprecedented challenges. On the migration issue, he said the EU must support those safe countries, where refugees arrive first, and to make sure they can move back to their home countries once the threat is over. Answering the question on energy security, Minister Szijjártó highlighted that currently Hungary can only maintain its economy with Russian gas, as the whole energy infrastructure in Central Europe was built to be dependent on Russia. Hungary is ready to work on any and all economically viable diversification projects. Minister Szijjártó also spoke about the unfounded accusations leveled against Hungary about freedom of media, civil society and antisemitism.

Watch the full conversation here: http://www.meridian.org/news/europe-at-a-crossroads-the-honorable-peter-szijjarto-hungarian-minister-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade-in-conversation-with-ambassador-stuart-holliday-president-and-ceo-meridian-international/