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Fidesz “no longer wishes to maintain its membership in the European People’s Party,” according to a letter posted on Twitter on Thursday by the Hungarian ruling party’s deputy head, Katalin Novák.

The letter was signed by Fidesz’s international secretariat and addressed to the Secretary-General of the EPP, Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White.

Novák, who is also Hungary’s minister in charge of family affairs, commented on Twitter saying: “It’s time to say goodbye”.

Fidesz’s MEPs quit the EPP group in the European Parliament on March 3 after the group approved its new procedural rules.

Fidesz MEPs Leave EPP Group Following New Ruling on Party Suspensions
Fidesz MEPs Leave EPP Group Following New Ruling on Party Suspensions

After the European People’s Party passed its vote allowing for the suspension of its member parties, Viktor Orbán sent a letter to EPP Group President Manfred Weber declaring the immediate resignation of all Fidesz representatives from the party’s faction in the European Parliament. The new ruling, passed 148 to 28, allows for the removal of […]Continue reading

Explaining the decision, Novák wrote that in 2015, in the midst of “the migration crisis”, the EPP pegged its future to supporting migration.

“Hungarians rejected this,” she said, and insisted they did not want to “become like countries in which the effects of mass immigration had become irreversible”.

Novák said that the EPP, instead of seeking solutions to EU vaccine procurement, had quietly changed its procedural rules in order to deprive democratically elected Fidesz members of their parliamentary rights.

It had become clear, she added, that on most issues the EPP represented “left-wing values that Fidesz cannot identify with”.

“Fidesz belongs to the democratic right in Europe,” she said, adding that it was necessary now to reform it.

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