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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.
Péter Szijjártó said Hungary will only support candidates who have respect toward European nations, take up the cause of protecting Christian culture and stand for stopping migration rather than supporting it.
“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.”
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.
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.
Two candidates were put forward for the post on Wednesday, former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb, who belongs to EPP‘s liberal arm, and current EPP group leader Manfred Weber, the deputy head of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria
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.
“We should not focus on the distribution of migrants, and a mandatory migrant quota is out of the question, but we should instead focus on ensuring that illegal migrants cannot gain entry to Hungary and the territory of the European Union,” the prime minister said