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"No German Europe" – Orban would like less German influence on the EU

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Hungary’s Prime Minister would like the coming federal government to show more restraint at the EU level. In Brussels he had recently come under increasing pressure. Now he is calling for a reorganization of all right-wing parties.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants the next federal government to reduce Germany’s influence on the EU. “I hope that the German government that is now forming wants a European Germany and not a German Europe in which they (the Germans) tell the others what to do,” Orban said on Sunday at a party conference of his right-wing national party Fidesz in Budapest. As expected, the delegates re-elected him chairman.

Orban has ruled Hungary at the top of Fidesz since 2010 almost without a break with a parliamentary two-thirds majority. Parliamentary elections are due next spring. Until March of this year, Fidesz was a member of the European People’s Party (EPP), which also includes the CDU and CSU. At the party congress, Orban affirmed that he supports a “reorganization of the right” in Europe, which the Pole Jaroslaw Kaczynski has demanded from the national-conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), which is ruling in Warsaw.

Fidesz’s exit from the EPP came after the differences between Orban and the German Union parties on the subject of democracy and the rule of law had come to a head. The EU had already initiated several proceedings against Hungary for violations of the rule of law. Critics accuse the German Union parties of having blocked an exclusion from Fidesz called for by other EPP members for years.

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