Fidesz resigned from the European People’s Party (EPP) on Thursday. Many notable representatives from the EPP, Fidesz, and Hungary’s opposition all reacted to the event in various ways, or chose not to say anything at all.
The EPP published a formal statement which it shared on Twitter, stating that “the European People’s Party has received a letter of resignation from Fidesz. Following Article 9 of the party’s statutes, this automatically ends Fidesz’s membership of the EPP.”
EPP Representatives Make Minimal Statements
In reaction to the resignation, president of the EPP Donald Tusk posted on Facebok saying “FIDESZ has left Christian Democracy. In truth, it left many years ago.”
Leader of the Christian Social Union Markus Söder stated on twitter that while Fidesz has completely left the EPP party family, the CSU will continue to work with them at the national level.
Fidesz Says it is the EPP’s Fault
Minister without portfolio for Family Affairs Katalin Novák backed the Hungarian government’s reasoning up in a Facebook post saying that the EPP has strayed away from the right, in favor of left-wing values such as migration. Contrary to them, she says, “Fidesz belongs to the European democratic right wing, which it has vowed to rebuild.”
According to Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi, the EPP “has left Christian Democracy, so Fidesz has left EPP.”
The rest of Fidesz’s MEP representatives either retweeted Katalin Novák’s post or did not react to the event at all.
As of now, György Hölvényi, the last remaining MEP partner to Fidesz in the EPP representing Hungary’s Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), made no comment.
Hungary’s Opposition Laughs at Fidesz
Hungary’s opposition on the other hand, however, satirized the event and showed Fidesz’s decision as a degradation to their standing in the European Parliament.
Leader of the social-liberal Democratic Coalition Ferenc Gyurcsány posted a meme to his Facebook page making fun of Fidesz’s decision to “leave” the EPP when they were actually forced out. He also quoted Shrek’s famous “better out than in” line.
Katalin Cseh, the centrist liberal Momentum Movement’s EP representative directed her post to Katalin Novák, saying that Fidesz left the EPP in 2021, “and they will say goodbye to their governing position in 2022.”
Representing the right wing Jobbik party, Márton Gyöngyösi mentioned on Facebook that he asked KDNP and RMDSZ representatives, the two remaining Fidesz allied parties in the EPP, whether they feel like they are now shifting to the left along with the EPP, since that is how Fidesz referred to the European party, and their reasoning for leaving.
Featured photo illustration by Balázs Szecsődi/MTI/Prime Minister’s Press Office