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Mar 08, 2019

PM Orbán: Fidesz is and wishes to remain a member of the EPP

"With the approaching European elections the campaign fever is understandable, but what we need now is to take it easy and keep calm," PM Orbán said

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has confirmed that Fidesz is and wishes to remain a member of the European People's Party (EPP).

When asked about Thursday's column in daily Magyar Nemzet, which stated that the EPP sided with the socialists and liberals, the prime minister said the ruling party remains committed to the EPP.

"With the approaching European elections the campaign fever is understandable, but what we need now is to take it easy and keep calm," PM Orbán told MTI.

Magyar Nemzet's Thursday column said "the EPP sided with the Socialists and Liberals, wanting to conform to them. Fidesz has only one choice left, that of a new alliance. Viktor Orbán and Fidesz should leave the EPP and form an alliance with Matteo Salvini, with the Austrian Freedom Party and the Polish governing party (Law and Justice)".

Meanwhile, the minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office reiterated the PM’s sentiment. "Fidesz is and wishes to remain a member of the EPP, all the while being attacked by parties that have voted in favor of the migration quota," Gergely Gulyás said at a press conference.

Gulyás said while he understands the emotions driving the Magyar Nemzet column, in his view the EPP is the only party where a Christian-Democratic policy can be pursued.