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Dec 10, 2018

Fidesz is all for a strong European People’s Party and the EPP needs a strong Fidesz, says deputy leader

Katalin Novák said both the EPP and Fidesz have mutual interests when it comes to campaigning in next year’s European parliamentary elections

Fidesz is all for a strong European People’s Party and the EPP needs a strong Fidesz, the ruling party’s deputy leader has said.

Katalin Novák highlighted the party's plans after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected as Angela Merkel’s successor as head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The politician told MTI that both the EPP and Fidesz have mutual interests when it comes to campaigning in next year’s European parliamentary elections.

Minister Novák said the policies of both Fidesz and the CDU were based on the same Christian Democratic values, embracing a strong family policy rather than immigration as a way of addressing demographic and labor issues. The Hungarian government wants to preserve the security of Hungary and central Europe, she added.

At the same time, the Fidesz deputy leader said it was important that Hungarians felt the advantages of European Union membership, the free movement of workers and the single market. Still, changes within the EU are needed, and these should be achieved from the inside and through a strong EPP, she added.

Minister Novák also warned against extremism, whether on the left or right. “[Extremists] should not be allowed to get too much support,” she added.