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Orbán: EPP ‘Not Interesting for Fidesz in Its Current Form’, Changes Needed

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.09.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday said a new Christian Democrat initiative in the European Union “may be warranted”.

Speaking at an international press conference, Orbán said the European People’s Party (EPP), where Hungary’s ruling Fidesz suspended its membership last March, is “not interesting for Fidesz in its current form”. Therefore, changes are needed within the party group, he said.

Fidesz’s Fate in EPP Soon to be Decided

Orban said the EPP is “shrinking, it is losing its influence, positions, and seats in the European Parliament” because it has taken a “mistaken, liberal, centrist, and Socialist” direction.

The question is whether Fidesz has enough weight to “force or initiate” changes, Orbán said.

Orbán Meets Kaczynski to Discuss ‘Current European Affairs’

Should the EPP prove incapable of change, European politics will need a new Christian Democratic initiative to offset the rise of French President Emmanuel Macron’s leftist movement, Orbán said.

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