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Orban: European People's Party is hostile, Fidesz leaves EPP group

Christian Fernsby |
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party on Wednesday quit the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.

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A total of 148 MEPs voted in favor, and 28 against, new rules that would allow the European People’s Party (EPP) group — the biggest in the Parliament — to vote for the exclusion of “a Member or Members of the Group.”

Orban responded quickly with a letter, making clear his party would not stick around for a vote to kick it out of the group.

“I hereby inform you that Fidesz MEPs resign their membership in the EPP group,” Orban wrote to group leader Manfred Weber. He described the rule changes as “clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters.”

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