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After sparking outrage with ‘race-mixing’ comments, Hungary’s Orban visits Austria

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (R) and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer review an honor guard in front of the Federal Chancellery during Orban's official visit to Austria in Vienna, July 28, 2022. (Alex Halada/AFP)
Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (R) and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer review an honor guard in front of the Federal Chancellery during Orban's official visit to Austria in Vienna, July 28, 2022. (Alex Halada/AFP)

Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives in neighboring Austria for a one-day visit after sparking a storm of criticism with comments against creating “peoples of mixed-race.”

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer vows to discuss the row with Orban, saying the Hungarian’s comments last Saturday were “of course to be criticized.”

“Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t shy away from direct dialogue,” Nehammer said yesterday.

The International Auschwitz Committee has urged the European Union — and Nehammer specifically — to distance themselves from “Orban’s racist undertones.”

Austria is the first EU country to host Orban for talks since he won a fourth straight mandate in an April landslide.

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