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Jun 14, 2019

PM Orbán: European political groupings are in the process of being formed

PM Orbán said an attempt would be made to maintain the European People’s Party as the party of Helmut Kohl. This grouping would respect nations, place primacy on Christianity and give proper weight to the interests central Europeans.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that it was a secondary consideration which European grouping Fidesz belonged to in the future.

During his regular interview slot on Kossuth radio on Friday, PM Orbán said political groupings were in the process of being formed. “It’s not possible to stay put in one place because then we’d be exposed to changes in European politics,” he said, adding that the ruling party would abide by the Hungarian interest in determining its position on the European political stage.

The Prime Minister said Fidesz would have no place in a political family that became pro-immigration and disregarded its Christian roots. He added that Fidesz would not want to belong to a formation that failed to respect nations or became “hostage to the bureaucrats of Brussels”.

PM Orbán said an attempt would be made to maintain the European People’s Party as the party of Helmut Kohl. This grouping would respect nations, place primacy on Christianity and give proper weight to the interests central Europeans. It would also put a premium on creating a potent European economy. Such an EPP would be “good and useful for Hungary,” he added.

Regarding the EPP committee examining the question of the Fidesz party’s place in the grouping, the prime minister said Fidesz and the EPP body were engaged in discussions as equal partners. It would soon emerge whether each side’s goals were compatible, he added.

The Prime Minister also talked about the Visegrad Group. Referring to Thursday’s Visegrad Group talks, PM Orbán said the V4 states would enforce their own interests when it came to deciding on EU leadership positions. Germany’s trade with the V4 is much larger than with France, so “we’re talking about a decisive group of countries” and “the engine of European growth is currently central Europe”.

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