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Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian League party, texted a message to Prime Minister and Fidesz president Viktor Orbán on Wednesday, assuring Orbán of his “friendship and closeness to the Hungarian nation” after the MEPs of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz announced to leave the European People’s Party (EPP) family in the European Parliament.

Salvini and Orbán also talked on the phone later in the day, and discussed issues regarding vaccination against the coronavirus, reopening their countries’ economy after easing restrictions, as well as migration and the protection of families, the League party said.

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

Meanwhile, Jörg Meuthen, the deputy leader of Germany’s radical Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party and an MEP sitting in the Identity and Democracy (ID) party group in the European Parliament, said ID would welcome the Fidesz MEPs among its ranks.

Fidesz’s stance on migration, identity and national sovereignty is “clearly much closer to ID than to EPP,” Meuthen said.

Fidesz Drifting Away from European Values, or EPP from Conservative Values? - Reactions on Fidesz MEPs Leaving EPP Group
Fidesz Drifting Away from European Values, or EPP from Conservative Values? - Reactions on Fidesz MEPs Leaving EPP Group

Following years of conflict, originating from debates on the European values as well as personal conflicts, Hungary’s governing party has decided to leave the European People’s Party’s (EPP) EP group. Overall, the domestic opposition’s reactions predict Fidesz will drift further away from Europe, while apparently many even within the EPP are happy about Fidesz’s departure. […]Continue reading

The ID currently counts 76 MEPs of the Italian Lega, the French Rassemblement National and the AfD parties.

In the featured photo: PM Viktor Orbán and League leader Matteo Salvini. Photo by Vivien Cher Benko/PM’s Press Office