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PM Babiš calls “extraordinary” V4 meeting

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has called an informal meeting of Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Four in Budapest for Thursday. "The PMs will discuss joint candidates for key EU positions," Babiš said.

The meeting was initiated by the Czech Prime Minister who summoned his counterparts via SMS and all V4 representatives confirmed. The meeting will be held in Budapest on Thursday at 11 am, followed by lunch. PM Babiš came up with the idea when he was at the GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava.

PM Babiš and Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini have said several times that the Visegrad group will remain united, even though V4 representatives come from different factions in the European Parliament. There was speculation in the past that V4 leaders wanted the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to lead the European Council. However, Czech PM Babiš denied this information.

PM Babiš also likened the decision making about top EU positions to the Game of Thrones. Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People´s Party Group (EPP), remains in this Game of the throne of the European Commission. However, not everyone in the Visegrad group supports this candidate. On the other side, another possible candidate, current Vice-president of the European Commission Marian Šefčovič, does not have the support of PM Babiš.

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