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Weber and Orbán thought to have saved Fidesz’s EPP membership

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Although after three hours of talks with PM Victor Orbán in Budapest, EPP top candidate Manfred Weber said they could not agree on all issues, a liberal reporter believes,  that he offered a face-saving solution to the last contentious issue. READ MORE

Orbán and Weber to meet in Budapest

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

As EPP top candidate Manfred Weber is expected to meet PM Orbán in Budapest in the coming days, before the European People’s Party summit next week to discuss a motion to expel Fidesz, commentators assess the role of the Hungarian opposition in shaping the attitude of EPP decision-makers. READ MORE

PM Orbán would prefer to stay in the EPP

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

A conservative pundit finds the suggestion that Fidesz should quit the EPP irresponsible. A left-wing columnist lambasts the EPP leadership for tolerating what he calls the antidemocratic politics of Fidesz for too long. READ MORE

Leading pro-government daily calls on Fidesz to quit EPP

Friday, March 8th, 2019

The leading pro-government daily urges Fidesz to leave the European People’s Party, and lead the coalition of anti-immigrant right-wing parties. READ MORE

EPP to debate expulsion of Fidesz 

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Commentators from right across the political spectrum wonder whether the European People’s Party will finally expel Fidesz. Most deem it a very unlikely possibility. READ MORE

Tensions between Fidesz and  the EPP

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Pro-government columnists commenting the proposal to oust Fidesz from the European People’s Party accuse the conservative critics of the Hungarian governing party of serving the interests of the Left and George Soros. Left-wing pundits think that the ruling party deserves expulsion. READ MORE

Dispute with EU rolls on

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Commentators right across the political spectrum ponder the implications of the European People’s Party’s decision to keep Fidesz within its ranks, and French President Macron’s suggestion that EU funding should be conditional on accepting a common EU border policy. READ MORE

EU plans to cut cohesion funds

Monday, May 14th, 2018

A liberal EU expert contends that PM Orbán has become a major player on the European level and doesn’t have to fear European fund cuts. Another liberal columnist calls on the government to strengthen strategic cooperation with other member states in the dispute over the proposed EU budget. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s talks in Brussels

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

As Prime Minister Orbán meets the leaders of the European People’s Party, a left-wing columnist believes that European conservatives may reprimand PM Orbán for his illiberal policies. A pro-government commentator dismisses such speculation, and calls on the EU not to punish Hungary and Poland by limiting their access to cohesion funds. READ MORE

PM Orbán meeting EPP leaders

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The first comments on the outcome of the European People’s Party Presidency meeting on Hungary express a mixture of confusion and contradictions on whether the Prime Minister made concessions in Brussels, or defended his positions against criticism and pressure. READ MORE