Merkel faces tense talks in Hungary with PM Orban

At the top of the agenda with the German chancellor were:

  • EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine (which Mr Orban opposes)
  • Heavy Hungarian taxes on German companies in Hungary (which Mr Orban supports, but may give ground on)
  • Migration into the EU (on which he hopes to find common ground)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged a ceasefire in Ukraine, saying there can be no military solution to the conflict between the Kiev government and pro-Russian rebels. She was speaking with Hungarian PM Orban who is opposed to the EU sanctions imposed on Russia over its support for the separatist rebels. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin will also visit Hungary on 17 February, followed by the Turkish, Georgian and Nato leaders soon after.