Europe

Hungary PM visits German ex-leader Kohl amid migrant crisis

  • German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in wheelchair, watches Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban talking to the media after a visit to Kohl in his house in Oggersheim, Germany, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

    German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in wheelchair, watches Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban talking to the media after a visit to Kohl in his house in Oggersheim, Germany, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a visit to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Kohl's house in Oggersheim, Germany, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a visit to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Kohl's house in Oggersheim, Germany, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban carries flowers as he arrives for a visit to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Kohl's house in Oggersheim, Germany, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban carries flowers as he arrives for a visit to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Kohl's house in Oggersheim, Germany, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's prime minister, one of the strongest European critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel's approach to the migrant crisis, has made a politically charged visit to her predecessor and one-time mentor, Helmut Kohl.

Viktor Orban traveled to Kohl's home in southwestern Germany Tuesday for what Kohl's office termed a private visit between friends. Still, it has been widely interpreted in Germany as a swipe by Kohl at Merkel over her relatively liberal approach to welcoming refugees.

A joint statement by Kohl's office and the Hungarian embassy said that Europe "cannot be the new home for millions of people in need worldwide." However, it added that Kohl and Orban don't oppose Merkel's efforts to resolve the crisis.