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Fidesz’s Novák Rejects Weber ‘Lecturing on Democracy’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.15.

Responding to Manfred Weber’s reaction to Viktor Orbán’s recent remarks on the Fidesz party’s EPP membership, the ruling party’s deputy leader said on Wednesday that “censuring someone just for having an opinion” was “not done” in Hungary.

European People’s Party group leader Weber said on Tuesday that the members of the party family were expected to endorse its values.

Weber to Orbán: EPP Not Changing Course

At a press conference last Thursday, the prime minister called for a change within the EPP. “The EPP is shrinking and losing influence, positions and seats because it is heading in the wrong direction; a liberal, Socialist, centrist direction,” Orbán said.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Katalin Novák, the Fidesz official who is also state secretary for family and youth affairs, said: “We don’t need lessons in democracy from Manfred Weber.” “Censuring someone just for having an opinion is just not done in Hungary.”

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