One of the main topics of discussion at the European People’s Party (EPP) summit on October 17 centred around the future of Hungary’s controversial far-right Fidesz party, which has been in hot water with the EPP in recent months due to the party’s increasingly illiberal policies and the authoritarian governing style of its leader and Hungary’ Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
During a press conference, the EPP’s President Joseph Daul said that a serious debate would be taking place within the party’s conservative wing about the situation in Hungary. Daul said everyone will be expected to comment about Fidesz and Orbán, after which the EPP will then assess which course of action the national party members to take.
“As you know, I’ve always been a friend of Viktor Orbán, I have always defended him, but I have a duty to defend freedom, democracy, the rule of law, academic freedom, respect for human rights, and free civil society”, he stressed. “I will also have to defend the sacred values on our party. I will not compromise. This is extremely clear, everyone has to respect the rules.”
No letter from other EPP members
Under the EPP’s statute, seven different parties from five different countries may initiate the process to exclude a member, according to what Daul told the press. So far, no formal letter has been filed to begin the procedure against Fidesz.