Weekly newsletter

PMO Head Gulyás: Quitting EPP ‘Just a Technical Issue’

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.06.

Fidesz will continue to represent traditional Christian democratic, conservative, family values having quit the European People’s Party, the prime minister’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyás, told MTI after talking to Markus Soder, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) and the province’s prime minister, on Saturday.

Fidesz, he said, had decided to leave the EPP party and its EP group in order to end “years of dependence”.

Gulyás said he agreed with Soder that the EPP was “no longer a right-wing party”. This, he added, was the reason why Fidesz and EPP had parted ways.

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

He said the “legendary Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss” and president of the CSU for more than a quarter of a century had stressed the party’s right-wing credentials, whereas Soder said his party was not right wing.

“We continue to represent Franz Josef Strauss’s views,” he said.

“A strong Europe is one in which our national sovereignty is strongest,” he said, adding that Manfred Weber, the Bavarian EPP group leader, considered that there was no such thing as national sovereignty.

Fidesz, he said, had not performed an about-turn but rather it had always represented traditional Christian democratic and conservative values.

Radicals Would Welcome Fidesz, but Party Undecided on EP Future
Radicals Would Welcome Fidesz, but Party Undecided on EP Future

Fidesz representatives chose to leave the European People’s Party faction of the European Parliament on Wednesday, after the party passed a ruling which would have likely led to the suspension of Fidesz MEPs in the EPP group. Now Two Right Wing party groups within the European Parliament have stated that they would be happy to […]Continue reading

Gulyás insisted that the EPP of today had disavowed themselves of the legacy of former chancellor Helmut Kohl and Strauss, and could not put up with parties in its ranks that opposed migration and believed in the traditional family model.

He said he agreed with Soder that good Bavaria-Hungary ties should not be compromised by the fact that both would belong to different European party families in the future, adding that he would hold online talks with his German counterpart, Chancellor Braun, on 16 March to underline this position.

Soder called for Fidesz’s membership of the EPP to be rescinded in a statement in Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday, adding that the EPP was “a bourgeois centrist party, not a right-wing party”.

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI