Viktor Orbán: Luxembourg party leader calls for expulsion of Fidesz from EPP
The party of Hungary's head of government has "lost nothing in the European People's Party," says CSV chief Frank Engel. Also CDU and CSU criticize Orbán.
As the first Christian Democrat party leader, Luxembourg's CSV leader Frank Engel has demanded that the Hungarian ruling party Fidesz be excluded from the European People's Party (EPP). Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's party has to "get out of the EPP, right now, and such an association has lost nothing in the EPP," Engel said. The Hungarian government had earlier in a media campaign attacked, among others, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
A European election campaign with Fidesz in the EPP would be an "unreasonable burden" for all, said the leader of the Christian Social People's Party (CSV) and MEPs from Luxembourg. Fidesz has become "an anti-European party whose chairman runs a policy of hatred from his obsession with George Soros." The poster campaign in Hungary was also directed against Hungarian billionaire George Soros. Orbán accuses him of promoting illegal migration.
The EPP is the merger of conservative parties in the European Parliament. Also CDU and CSU belong to the EPP. Union leaders criticized Fidesz's media campaign but did not call for their exclusion from the EPP. Manfred Weber (CSU), the EPP's leading candidate for the European elections at the end of May, warned Orbán that he had to move further and further away from the EPP. He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that parts of Orbán's speech on the state of the nation as well as the campaign against Juncker had sparked "great incomprehension and annoyance" in the EPP. He considers "some formulations unacceptable".
"The recent remarks by Viktor Orbán are unacceptable," said CSU boss Markus Söder of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . The prime minister must show whether he still wants to belong to the EPP. So far, the CSU had a good relationship with Orbán.
CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer threatened in the mirror with a break in the regular talks with the Fidesz party. Should the dialogue fail to produce a common understanding of the EPP's goals, "the format would not make sense and would therefore end". Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) emphasized that Juncker has her full solidarity.