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Fidesz urged to quit EPP

January 22nd, 2020

A conservative pundit believes that the European People’s Party has turned to the left, and calls on the governing party to quit the EPP and found a new political group in the European Parliament.

In his Mandiner comment on the resolution passed by the European Parliament on Poland and Hungary (see BudaPost January 18), Kristóf Trombitás calls on Fidesz to quit the European People’s Party. Trombitás recalls that nearly two-thirds of EPP MEPs voted in favor of the motion against Hungary. After that vote, he argues, Fidesz has no reason to remain a member of the EPP. (The EPP Political Assembly will discuss a report by the “three wise men” mandated to evaluate Fidesz policies early next month.) Trombitás admits that he himself used to believe that Fidesz can best stand up for its interests if it stays in the EPP (see BudaPost March 9, 2019). By now, however, the EPP ‘has fallen prey to the Left,’ Trombitás writes. He goes on to suggest that rather than joining either the Identity and Democracy group or the European Conservatives and Reformists groups, Fidesz should launch a new European Parliamentary faction to unite right-wing MEPs who share its vision.

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