From left: Luxembourg foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn; Jean Ries, honorary general consul for Hungary in Luxembourg; and Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian foreign affairs minister
Hungary opened a new embassy office in Luxembourg on Monday, almost ten years after the closure of the last one, suggesting tensions are easing between the two countries.
Attending the inauguration, foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn and his Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, appear to have buried the hatchet after a spat in February 2018 in which the latter dubbed Asselborn an "idiot".
He was responding to Asselborn's comments in an interview in which he called on the EU to trigger the sanctions procedure against Hungary for persistently breaching the EU’s fundamental values after the government sought to ban NGOs which help refugees in Hungary. “Jean Asselborn is an idiot, but the Hungarians are not; the people of Hungary have no need of the Luxembourgian foreign minister’s crazy ideas to know what’s good for them,” Szijjártó was quoted as saying at the time.
There was no sense of animosity in Asselborn's speech on Monday in which he listed the growing links and relations between the two countries.
In addition to Luxembourg being among the largest foreign direct investor in Hungary, transport between the two will be easier come October 2019 when Ryanair begins three weekly flights.