The ruling Fidesz party and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will support the election of Manfred Weber as the lead candidate of the European People’s Party for the upcoming European parliamentary elections.
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.
Antal Rogán, Hungary’s cabinet chief, said that if the choice must be made between these two candidates, PM Orbán will clearly support Weber and Fidesz will do the same at the EPP congress to be held in Helsinki in November where the lead candidate will be elected.
PM Orbán said we are engaged in battle, but we are doing well. When asked about the possible expulsion of Fidesz from the European People’s Party, the prime minister said, “we are the People’s Party”.
Regarding Brexit negotiations, the prime minister said the situation is complex, but they will do everything they can to reach a fair agreement. He highlighted that the government is focusing on the interests of the Hungarian people. “We need a Brexit which is good for Hungarians working in the United Kingdom,” PM Orbán added.