Tajani: ‘Keeping Fidesz in EPP is in Europe’s Interest’
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.23.
Deputy head of the European People’s Party (EPP) Antonio Tajani has called it a political mistake that the EPP membership of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party had been questioned.
Tajani, who is also a senior politician in Italy’s centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party, told Hungary’s public media in Rome on Friday that Fidesz had played a major role in getting EPP’s Ursula von der Leyen elected president of the European Commission.
“I am on the side of common sense. Finding a solution is a general interest for Europe’s stability, the EPP and also Hungary. I believe it will also be useful for Hungary if Fidesz stays an EPP member, especially after Brexit,” he added.
Tajani said Fidesz’s European lawmakers had always been loyal and did a fair job both in both the Brussels institutions and the Strasbourg parliament.
“One can disagree with some developments in Hungary, such as the [Central European] University, but let me emphasise that Fidesz has always voted in unison with the EPP in Brussels and Strasbourg,” he said.
In the featured photo (from left to right): Donald tusk, Antonio Tajani, and Viktor Orbán. Photo by Balázs Szecsődi/PM’s Press Office