On Wednesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz quit the center-right European People’s Party bloc in the European Parliament after EPP members backed rule changes that would have made it easier to kick lawmakers out. One hundred forty-eight MEPs voted in favor of, and 28 against, new rules to allow them to suspend or dismiss an entire national party delegation The EPP group is the biggest in the parliament. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are members. Orban pulls Fidesz Orban hit out in a letter released on Wednesday, saying Fidesz was quitting before it could be ousted from the center-right alliance. “I hereby inform you that Fidesz MEPs resign their membership in the EPP group,” Orban wrote to group leader Manfred Weber, claiming the changes were “clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters.” Watch video 04:44 Share Hungary: Orban is rebuilding Budapest Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3pjbX Hungary: Orban is rebuilding Budapest EPP officials had already suspended Fidesz from the party itself in 2019 over a Hungarian government campaign that used posters to accuse Jean-Claude Juncker, then the head of the European Commission, and the US billionaire George Soros of… Read full this story
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