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While in the 2018 elections, Manfred Weber was openly supporting Viktor Orbán, now he has sidestepped answering whom he supports in the 2022 Hungarian elections, but noted that Viktor Orbán has changed a lot in the last four years.
“We have no position on the Hungarian elections, this is not the most important issue for the European People’s Party,” said EPP Group leader Manfred Weber, in response to a question from Euronews.
What I see is that Viktor Orbán has changed compared to four years ago, in a lot of things fundamentally,”
Weber said in Strasbourg. As an example, Weber mentioned that Orbán is “advocating against the European Parliament, that the European Parliament should not be the place anymore to decide about European law.” According to him, this goes against European integration and the idea of a democratic Europe.
In 2018, the leader said that Hungary had achieved good economic results under Orbán’s leadership and had helped to close the Balkan migration route, so he hoped that Orbán would win the election.
While Weber did not give an answer as to whom he is supporting in the elections (or if he is supporting anyone at all), in December, EPP President Donald Tusk stood up for Péter Márki-Zay and said he would welcome the opposition candidate’s movement in the EPP in the future.
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