Macron and Orban hold bilateral talks in Sofia

French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hold bilateral talks in Sofia as European Union leaders meet their Balkan counterparts to hold out the promise of closer links to counter Russian influence, while steering clear of openly offering them membership. IMAGES

EU’s Juncker ‘will congratulate’ Orban on Hungary election win

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will write to Hungary’s Viktor Orban to congratulate him on his “clear victory” in parliamentary elections and will hold telephone talks with Orban tomorrow, says the EU Commission spokesperson at a briefing in Brussels. SOUNDBITE