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Hungarian leader defends central Europe from critics

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and head of Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, right, are walking to visit the grave of Poland's late President Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of the party leader, before holding talks on European Union future, at the Wawel Castle, in Krakow, Poland, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Orban and Kaczynski are drawing strong criticism from EU leaders for their opposition to EU policy on migrants and on other issues. (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz)

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and head of Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, right, are walking to visit the grave of Poland's late President Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of the party leader, before holding talks on European Union future, at the Wawel Castle, in Krakow, Poland, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Orban and Kaczynski are drawing strong criticism from EU leaders for their opposition to EU policy on migrants and on other issues. (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz)  (The Associated Press)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says critics should not spoil the growth and stability that Central Europe is building through cooperation.

On the second day of his two-day visit to Poland, Orban addressed a conference of historians devoted to Central Europe.

He also met with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party, for talks on the European Union's future. Both politicians oppose EU policy on migrants and on other issues and call for greater autonomy for the bloc's 28 members. Their stance has drawn strong criticism from EU leaders.

In his speech Orban said that Central Europe is Europe's most stable region and is in constant development.

"We will not allow our critics to mar this situation," Orban said.