Members of the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, voted in favor of ousting the Hungarian Fidesz party.
In particular, as AMPE explains, they voted in favor of changing certain rules in order to allow the expulsion of the Hungarian ruling party Fidesz from the group.
Many parties that are members of the EPP oppose the participation of the right-wing party of the Prime Minister Victor Orban, which they claim has weakened democracy in Hungary and restricted media freedom and other freedoms in the European Union member state. Fidesz denies the allegations.
Of the EPP’s 180 members in the European Parliament, 148 voted in favor of the change, 28 against and four abstained.
“The change of rules in the procedures has just been approved,” said an EPP spokesman.
THE Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has announced that his party is leaving the EPP.
“I inform you that Fidesz members are leaving the EPP group”, with “immediate effect”, the party leader wrote in a letter posted on Twitter by one of his ministers, describing this step as “undemocratic, unjust and unacceptable”. .
The departure of the Hungarian ruling party Fidesz from the European People’s Party was announced by Orban in a letter to the leader of the parliamentary group of the European People’s Party (EPP) Manfred Weber.
“While tens of thousands of Europeans are being treated in hospitals and our doctors are saving lives, It is very disappointing to see that the EPP is paralyzed by internal administrative issues “And he’s trying to silence the democratically elected MEPs,” said Victor Orban.
The Prime Minister of Hungary adds that “the amendments to the rules of the EPP group are clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters. By limiting the ability of our MEPs to carry out their duties as elected members of the European Parliament, it deprives Hungarian voters of their democratic rights. This is undemocratic, unfair and unacceptable. That is why Fidesz decided to leave the EPP team immediately “.
“Our MEPs will continue to speak for those they represent, our voters, and to defend the interests of the Hungarian people,” Mr Orban concluded.