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EPP group leader Manfred Weber stated in an online press conference on December 3 that the notorious rule of law mechanism, designed to force Member States into altering their stance on key policy areas, is not being set up expressly against Hungary and Poland. According to PM Orbán, however, the truth is completely the opposite. The following is the official, English language transcript of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's response to Weber.
The Hungarian government would regard the appointment of Frans Timmermans as European Commission president “unacceptable”, a government official said, adding the reason why was that the candidate was backed by the Social Democrats and George Soros.
“I do everything for the success of EPP. I want the EPP to win the European elections,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview published this morning in the German daily Bild, adding that he’d rather that the European People’s Party didn’t “tie its fate to the political left,” to a bloc that “represents things that destroy Europe.”
“For us, Group Leader Weber would have also been a good Commission president,” Prime Minister Orbán said at the press conference yesterday, “but [Weber] announced that not only does he not need the Hungarian votes but he does not want to become Commission president with the support of Hungarian votes.”
In a joint press conference with Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he’d like to see the same changes in Europe that have occurred in Austria, where the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his ruling Austrian People’s Party thrive in cooperation with the patriotic Freedom Party.
On the eve of Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s visit to Budapest tomorrow, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sat for an interview with the popular Italian daily La Stampa. In the interview, the prime minister discusses migration, the future of the European People’s Party, nationalism and a perspective on “three Europes”. Here are some highlights:
In letzter Zeit wurde in den internationalen Medien viel über die "Suspendierung" von Fidesz in der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP) geredet. Es gibt eine Menge verschiedener Erklärungen und Interpretationen des „Konflikts“, die meisten aber beruhen auf Fehlinformationen und schwerwiegenden Sachfehlern. Diese fünf wichtigen Punkte sollte man jedoch unbedingt kennen.
There’s been lot of chatter lately in international media about Fidesz’s “suspension” in the European People’s Party (EPP). While we have seen an abundance of different explanations and interpretations of the “conflict”, most of these relied heavily on misinformation and serious factual errors. Here are five key points you should know.
With candid remarks about the leftward drift of the European People’s Party and the continued efforts in Brussels to impose a pro-immigration agenda, Prime Minister Orbán called on voters to turn out in large numbers at the European Parliamentary elections on May 26th and said that Hungary must not back down in the face of pressure.
The Minister said that Fidesz will only be able to stay in the European People's Party if on Wednesday not only is it not expelled from the party grouping, but also if its membership is not suspended.
On Monday Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, told Hungarian news agency MTI that Fidesz wants a strong, united Christian democratic European People’s Party (EPP) which rejects immigration. He said that Fidesz wants to remain a member of the party family for as long as possible, and also stressed that Fidesz has always avoided personal attacks on other members of the party family it belongs to.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been saying so for months. It’s so important, in fact, says the PM, that it’s shaking up the traditional left-right alignment of politics and creating a contest between those who support immigration and those who oppose it.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio earlier today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the ruling party’s relations with the EPP, his call for a new council of interior ministers to handle immigration and the implementation of the family support package.
Zoltán Kovács said the EU should remain a forum of cooperation between equal member states. In cases where there is no complete agreement between them, there should be no compulsion to accept a given policy
Having just returned from the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Orbán sat for his regular radio interview this morning to talk about the upcoming EP elections, the UN migration pact, the ongoing national consultation and the liberal hysteria around the “Soros university”.
Gathering more than 79 percent of the votes, Weber’s victory sends a powerful message that the EPP’s parliamentary group leader has emerged as a serious contender to become president of the European Commission following the EP elections next May.
Kovács believes Juncker's comment is personal revenge in light of the fact that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán did not support him when he ran for the office of President of the Commission four years ago
They’re not giving in, those who see quotas and pro-immigration policies as Europe’s answer to the migration crisis. We’ll see a “decisive showdown” in June, said Prime Minister Orbán this week, when the EU’s heads of state and government will gather in Brussels again. Immigration will feature as one of the overriding issues on the agenda.
Schopflin argues that European citizens haven’t asked to be represented in the TNL way. These ‘floating’ 27 MEPs would sit in the European parliament and be answerable to no one, with no structure for holding them accountable
In the face of a political adversary that wants to transform Europe by allowing unbridled immigration, casting aside subsidiarity and encumbering the labor markets with bureaucratic rules, the center-right political forces of Europe must summon the confidence to “accept the intellectual and political fight with the Left,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, addressing the European People’s Party Congress in Malta today.