MEPs of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party are set to quit the European People’s Party (EPP) group after an amendment to the umbrella party’s rules was approved at a group meeting on Wednesday, according to Fidesz MEPs Kinga Gál, the chairperson of the Fidesz-KDNP EP delegation and Tamás Deutsch, the head of the delegation.
Gál and Deutsch told MTI that it was “unacceptable” that the EPP group had launched “hasty administrative manoeuvers” during the coronavirus epidemic that was “claiming the lives of thousands of European citizens every day, putting unprecedented pressure on our citizens and economies.”
The Fidesz MEPs said they had stated their legal and political concerns on several occasions, but the final version of the amendment to the EPP statutes was still unsatisfactory. The change in rules that would allow a simple majority to oust a whole party group from the EPP group would prevent Fidesz MEPs from exercising their parliamentary rights, they added.
The Fidesz MEPs said the democratic will of almost 2 million Hungarians who backed Fidesz in the European elections “must be respected fully”. This means the rights of their elected representatives must not be curbed or revoked, they added.
Gál and Deutsch said in their statement that handling political differences bureaucratically was “anti-democratic and unworthy” of the EPP party group.
In the featured photo illustration: Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch. Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI