Cabinet chief: Germany has ‘considerable experience’ in nuclear reactors

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Speaking about a recent visit to Budapest by German Chancellor Angela Merkel with state-owned Kossuth radio, cabinet chief János Lázár said that “concrete economic matters were addressed, which would be favorable for Hungary,” online daily Világgazdaság reported. 

When asked to clarify this statement, Lázár said that Germans had “considerable experience in building and operating nuclear reactors, and their involvement must be evaluated”, but he did not speak about specifics, saying only that “without Russian energy, Europe cannot be competitive” and as such the key question for Hungary is how to access cheap gas and whether the Russian-Hungarian agreement will be extended.

Conditions that would affect the strengthening of the German industry include “cheap energy and the overall competitiveness of Hungary”, Lázár said. He added that "German or European technology should also be among the competitors" for procurements related to the expansion of the country's defense industry.

When asked about the “serious economic successes” addressed during the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Lázár did not want to reveal precise details for fear of compromising further negotiations.

Lázár admitted that there have been “serious disputes” between the Hungarian government and one or two German companies — referring to Bertelsmann and Deutche Telekom — but Lázár believes that these can be settled with the help of the German government.

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