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Hungarian Prime Minister Warns the Germans Not To Send in Tanks

A not very well disguised WWII reference made in response to German criticisms of the Hungarian government

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The smiles may be slightly forced when Germany's Angela Merkel and Hungary's Viktor Orban meet at Wednesday's EU summit following a spat between their governments over comments littered with military – and Nazi – analogies.

In response to criticism of his government, Hungary's prime minister said on Friday he hoped Germany would not send any more "tanks", as last time "it didn't work out".

The clear reference to World War II, and the Nazi occupation from March 1944 onwards, came the day after Merkel said Germany would "do everything to put Hungary onto the right path" – except sending in the "cavalry".