Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party will not wait forever for the response of the European People’s Party (EPP) to the memorandum sent them on Tuesday by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the party’s vice-president for foreign affairs, Katalin Novák, said in an interview.
In the memo to the EPP political group, which Fidesz is a member of, Orbán said the party had lost its way and abandoned Christian and conservative values in its shift towards the left.
Novák – who was also the one who shared the full three-page memorandum on Twitter – said that Fidesz is in fact waiting for a response to Orbán’s thought-provoking missive from both the leaders of the EPP and its member parties.
“It is also a fact that we will not wait impassively forever,” Novák said, adding that should the EPP not be receptive to the ideas of the memorandum, “there will be other partners”.
There have been rumblings for months now that Orbán would remove his party from the EPP, with Fidesz threatening to leave the European Parliament coalition of conservative European parties. Orbán said in January that Europe may need a new Christian conservative movement, with Hungary’s leader warning that the “EPP is getting more and more liberal, socialist and centrist,” and that the party is not preserving its original values. As a result, the party is “shrinking, it is losing its influence, positions, and seats in the European Parliament.”
In this week’s memorandum, Orbán wrote that
Title image: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attends the European People Party’s congress in 2019.