While he has a history of denouncing certain policies of the Hungarian government, Emmanuel Macron last week said he regarded Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as a political opponent but also as a European partner.
Both Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orbán and former Czech President Václav Klaus expressed appreciation for the sixteen years Merkel gave as German chancellor and a key leader in the European Union.
Czech president Miloš Zeman appointed the leader of a large centre-right alliance, Petr Fiala, as prime minister on Sunday. Zeman oversaw the ceremony—which had originally been scheduled to take place on Friday—from inside a plexiglass box especially designed for the occasion. He was seated on a wheelchair and flanked by health workers in hazmat (PPE) suits. […]